HORSES IN KENT
one of the oldest animals known to man, and it's returning to the
South East of England after
horses once roamed all over Europe and England.
the wild Konik horse is once again grazing on the English lowlands.
a small miracle that these creatures are being brought back to our
shores, and it's all thanks to the work of Kent conservationists.
Konik horse is a direct descendant of the now extinct European horse,
Konick foal frolics in the wilds at Oostvaardersplassen in the
nature in its purest form. Now it's returning to England after the
breed nearly died out 100 years ago.
the nineteenth century, Polish farmers captured the last Tarpan
horses and crossed them with their own workhorses.
result was a strong, hard working and manageable horse, which they
named the Konik.
a century later, Kent's wildlife experts have brought a dozen of
the Koniks back from Holland, one of the main breeding centres for
the wild horses.
Konik is a particularly interesting breed of horse which is not
much bigger than a pony. It has a hardy,
robust and self-reliant character, with a quiet temperement, and has a large
head, broad body and strong legs.
Konik herd has its own hierarchy with every horse having its own
place in the pecking order.
ancient times wild horses didn't interact very much with humans.
Nature was left to take its course.
around in the wild|
the modern Konik horses are settling into their new homes at Stod
Marsh and Ham Fen in Kent.
already proving to be a great boost for the ecology of the area.
help to keep the land open and give plants, birds and insects the
chance to settle in an area.
love to eat weeds, reeds and grass, so helping to stimulate wildlife
diversity in their fenland habitat.
horses shouldn't be seen as pets like traditional English horses.
and petting Koniks makes them cheeky, and can interfere with their
are best left to their own devices. So
why not watch them from a distance.
Marsh and Ham Fen have viewing areas and hides where you can see
the wild horses in their natural environment.
way these ancient horses will continue to remain truly wild.