Wild Pony Whispering & how to buy the books

Dawn Westcott's Books - Wild Pony Whispering, Wild Stallion Whispering & Wild Herd Whispering 

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Wild Pony Whispering & Wild Stallion Whispering

Wild Pony Whispering
Wild Stallion Whispering

Wild Pony Whispering by Dawn Westcott

Best-selling WILD PONY WHISPERING was first published in Sept 2015 and has already been twice re-printed. It is the compelling real-life story of how an orphaned Exmoor pony foal helped us to tame and understand the wild ponies of Exmoor - by Dawn Westcott. The book follows Monsieur Chapeau, a wild, orphaned Exmoor pony foal found severely malnourished with pneumonia on the moors of Exmoor, and how he was rescued survived and thrived beyond all expectations – bringing with him the secrets of how to create a bond of trust and friendship with the wild Exmoor ponies.

Horse whispering becomes pony whispering as a wild Exmoor pony connects with man to secure his survival – with the character, wisdom and generosity of heart to inspire better understanding of the equine mind. This story will appeal to those with a love of Exmoor and its flora and fauna and also provides an invaluable practical guide for people interested in ‘connecting’ with horses through trust-based liberty handling and socialisation – from the perspective of the enigmatic Exmoor ponies.

Now Monsieur Chapeau reaches out from the moor and shows that there is more that must be done to ensure the successful preservation of the wild Exmoor ponies – and improve their welfare, wellbeing and opportunities – and the way they are handled and trained, in this superbly presented and richly illustrated book.The struggle to get Monsieur Chapeau recognised and registered as a true Moorland Exmoor highlights the plight of the free-living ponies of Exmoor National Park that threatens their very existence.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Dawn Westcott and her husband Nick Westcott are founder members of the Moorland Exmoor Pony Breeders Group (MEPBG), run the Exmoor Pony Project (Moorland Exmoor Foal Project) and the Holtball Exmoor Pony Stud (Herd 11). The Westcott family has lived and farmed on Exmoor for over 500 years. Nick’s great grandfather A G Westcott was a founding committee member of the Exmoor Pony Society in 1921, and he and his two brothers established the original Exmoor pony herds 10, 11 and 21. Nick’s cousin, Malcolm Westcott, has Herd 4 which runs on the Dunkery Commons.  After a career in glossy magazine publishing in London, Dawn (née Williams) moved to the Westcountry and in 2008 married Nick Westcott. Together they re-established Herd 11 with the Holtballprefix. Nick and Dawn are committed to the preservation of the Exmoor ponies of Exmoor National Park and encourage the use of positive, trust-based handling and training of the ponies which endeavours to understand the language of the horse. Dawn is twice International Horse Agility world champion with stallion Hawkwell Versuvius ‘Bear’, who is ridden as well as standing at stud at Holtball. It was through working to build trust with their Exmoor ponies that Nick and Dawn realised that welfare and treatment of the free-living Exmoor ponies could be improved immeasurably.

Format: Hardback, 144 pages, 230x214mm, profusely illustrated in colour Price: £14.99 ISBN: 978 0 85704 276 7 Halsgrove Publishing - available now. www.halsgrove.com.

Wild Stallion Whispering

Wild Stallion Whispering, by Dawn Westcott, was published in August 2016 and is a national equestrian best-seller. 

Wild Stallion Whispering follows the incredible story of wild-born Exmoor stallion Bear from unwanted foal to twice world champion in horse agility. The real-life story of a wild and tempestuous Exmoor colt foal who was rounded up from his moorland home and – after being weaned and multiple hot branded – found himself unwanted and facing a bleak future. He was offered a lifeline by Dawn who faced the formidable challenge of taming him. Wild Stallion Whispering explores how ‘Bear’ becomes a magnificent registered stallion – taking the showing world by storm, winning two world championships in horse agility – and how he conquers his fears and learns to build a bond of trust with Dawn. It is a candid account of the highs and lows of their journey – how they both strive to learn and find the resilience to overcome adversity to succeed – with amusing anecdotes throughout. It offers fascinating insights into the characters and behaviours of stallions, the wild Exmoor ponies of Exmoor National Park and their quest for survival. 

There are invaluable tips for empathetic trust-based horse handling – including backing to saddle – with a practical section detailing the Core Connection Warm-Up Exercises that Dawn uses to establish the foundation skills for liberty, agility and ridden work. The book explores riding bitless and the ethics of competition. It will appeal to people interested in better understanding the equine mind and developing trust and connection with any horse or pony. 

Most of all, it is the captivating story of a charismatic wild-born Exmoor stallion that will resonate with anyone who loves horses.

£14.99, ISBN 978 0 85704 293 4, 144 page, hardback Published by Halsgrove - available August 2016.

To Buy Signed Copies of Dawn Westcott's books - visit Book Shop

Signed copies of both Wild Pony Whispering,  Wild Stallion Whispering and Wild Herd Whispering can be purchased here in our Book Shop.

All books purchased through this website enable more proceeds to go to supporting our work with Exmoor ponies. 

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Wild Pony Whispering: ISBN: 978 0 85704 276 7 

Wild Stallion Whispering: ISBN 978 0 85704 293 4

Wild Herd Whispering: ISBN 978 0 85704 318 4

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