The Faroe Pony is a small and unique breed of pony native to the Faroe Islands. The breed has been on the islands for hundreds of years being used for farming and hauling heavy loads. It roamed free in the mountains when it wasn’t used for work. The Faroe Pony is considered to be an iconic part of the Faroe Islands.
Ponies were heavily exported to the United Kingdom for use in mining and by the 1960s only a handful was left on the islands. Numbers have increased over the years by conservation efforts and there are approximately 50 ponies currently inhabiting the islands. They now are used mainly for riding ponies by children.
It is a small but strong breed standing 45 to 49 inches high. The Faroe’s coat is mainly brown, chestnut or black. It is mild tempered, friendly and adapts very well to a variety conditions. It is surefooted with a similar walk and trot to the Fjord and Icelandic horses. Although it is classified as a pony, the Faroe is considered a horse by the islanders because of its strength.
Other names for the Faroe Pony include, Faeroes Pony, Faroese Horse, Faeroe Island Horse and Foroyski Hesturin.
Image Caption: Faroe Ponies. Credit: Maria Joensen – Faroe Islands/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)