Hannah and Luke Fursdon,
Lower Town Farm, Poundsgate
The Blackator Herd
The Fursdon family have been farming on Dartmoor for over thirty years, but have recently started breeding Dartmoor ponies again after a long break.
With the help of Luke and Hannah Fursdon, a qualified horse behaviourist and trainer, Miles and Gail Fursdon bought a small herd of mares in 2008 to run with their licenced Dartmoor stallion Merribridge Groomsman. Luke and Hannah manage the Dartmoor herd, everything from regular worming to handling.
We believe it is important for the foals to grow into confident and happy ponies suitable for long term careers. The foals are handled for a couple of weeks after weaning once they have settled. Most foals are quite independent even at this young age, but are very quick to learn.
We use natural horsemanship techniques, such as positive reinforcement. After the initial training the foals get turned out onto good pasture on our farm in a herd environment to mature. We use the prefix Blackator, after the Dartmoor Tor above our farm.
We have sold ponies all over the UK, some of which have been sold unseen to family homes.