The Lundy Pony is a breed of pony from Lundy Island, England. It was developed in 1928 by Martin Coles Harman, the owner of the island. He crossbred New Forest Pony mares with a Welsh Mountain B stallion to produce the Lundy.
The stallion died a year after its arrival but produced only one foal. However that foal became an exceptional stud and by the late thirties, there were so many Lundy ponies that more than 50 were sold to the mainland. During the war the herd reached 100 but with the constant fighting among the stallions many were put down in 1944.
In 1980, the herd was moved to Cornwell and some were taken to New Devon. The Lundy Pony Breed Society was formed in 1984 to oversee the breed and eventually the society returned some of the herd to the island.
The pony became a tough and hardy breed due to the harsh environment, poor vegetation and severe weather on the island. It is an attractive pony with its color usually dun, roan, palomino, bay, or liver chestnut. The height rarely reaches above 53 inches. The chest is deep and wide with sloping shoulders and sound legs. The neck is muscular and it has a strong, compact back.
The Lundy is used for children to ride because of the calm nature of the pony.
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