The Exmoor ponies were put in the National Trust owned fields near Southwick Hill as part of a grazing conservation scheme.
The animals were being managed by the Sussex Pony and Grazing Conservation Trust.
Bosses had said they were excited about being asked to help with the conservation of the South Downs.Of course, we can all see where this is going, can't we? And sure enough...
However, at the end of last week the animals were moved from the fields, which are near Mile Oak.
Anna Bogg, from the Sussex Pony and Grazing Conservation Trust, said the decision had not been taken lightly. She said: “We have been seriously concerned by some of the irresponsible behaviour we have witnessed from dog owners, parents of young children and adults in this short time period.
“We are further worried by other evidence and stories we have been given of incidents past and present, concerning the treatment of livestock on this site.
“People have no understanding that they are wild – you need to keep a distance and it’s illegal to take your dog off the lead.
“There are signs that say that but they got taken down and the gates were left open in protest.
“People’s dogs were chasing the ponies around and they were laughing about it.”And idiots like Monbiot think 'rewilding' will save the world?