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Kerry Bog Pony
2014-04-17 12:16:10

The Kerry Bog Pony originated in Ireland, possibly a descendent of the Irish Hobby Horse, originally inhabiting the peat bogs of County Kerry, southwest Ireland. Although the exact origin of the Kerry Bog Pony is unknown, images from a 1617 book show similarities to the Irish Hobby as well as the Kerry Bog of today. The pony was initially used for transporting peat and kelp from the bog over...

Java Pony
2014-04-17 11:17:34

The Java Pony is one of eight breeds of ponies native to Indonesia. The Java adapted well to the tropical climate. Native horses were bred with imported Arabian and Barb horses and has developed the Java into a hearty breed. They are bred privately but also may be subsidized by the state. Because the Java is bred in this  manner, there can be a variety of differences in their...

Hokkaido Pony
2014-04-17 11:01:25

The Hokkaido Pony is a breed of pony native to Japan. It is an old breed but very rare. It is most likely a descendent of the now extinct Nanbu, a military horse, but no confirmation of this exists. It is believed that the Hokkaido Pony was transported from Honshu by fishermen in the spring months between 1600 and 1800. The ponies were left in Hokkaido when the fishermen returned to Honshu...

Hucul Pony
2014-04-17 10:10:15

The Hucul Pony also known as the Carpathian  is a small pony from the Carpathian Mountains, in Ukraine and Romania. The name comes from a small group of ethnic Hutsul people. The breed was around before the Hutsul people and was first mentioned in writing about 400 years ago. Originally named the “Mountain Tarpan” the pony was used by the Austro-Hungarian Army. The first stud farm was...

Highland Pony
2014-04-14 08:25:02

The Highland Pony is one of the largest breeds of pony of the mountain and moorland pony breeds. It is native to Scotland and the British Isles. Originally used as a work horse dating back to the 1880s, but now the pony is mainly used for driving, trekking and riding, but some are still used for working. Some breeders specifically develop Highland Ponies for packing deer from the mountains...

Hackney Pony
2014-04-14 08:02:39

The Hackney Pony was developed by Christopher Wilson by using a Hackney Stallion and Fell Pony mares. By the 1880s, the Hackney Pony was established with the characteristics Wilson wanted to create. This breed was developed in a controlled private environment. They were first know as Wilson Ponies and kept outside year-round to develop toughness and endurance. This breed was used in the...

Gotland Pony
2014-04-14 07:45:27

The Gotland Pony breed is an ancient Swedish pony said to be descended from Tarpens but DNA indicates otherwise. The Gotland originated on the island of Gotland off the South-Eastern coast of Sweden following the last ice age. It is the only native breed to Sweden. Another name for this breed is the Gotland Russ which means a riding horse or charger. The Gotland originally were a  breed...

German Riding Pony
2014-04-13 14:41:25

The German Riding Pony or Deutsche Reitpony was bred by crossbreeding Welsh ponies, Arabians, Anglo-Arabians and Thoroughbreds. The breeding began in Germany in 1965 for use in child riding competitions. Initial attempts to produce a pony breed with Fjords and Haflingers proved unsuccessful. When Welsh breeds were added, the German Riding Pony became a distinct breed by 1975. In the 1990s an...

French Saddle Pony
2014-04-13 14:06:49

The French Saddle Pony was developed in 1969 in France, as a cross breed from Arabian, New Forest, Welsh, Connemara and Thoroughbred bloodlines. Other bloodlines added later in the French Saddle Pony include Landais, Pottok, Merens and Basque. The pony was originally bred for children and small adults for riding. In 1972 the stud book for the breed was created, but the registry closed in...

Fell Pony
2014-04-13 13:55:15

The Fell Pony is a breed of pony from England, originating in Cumberland, Northumberland and Westmorland. It was developed by breeding on the Fell Farms in Northwest England. Breeds used in the development of the Fell Pony are believed to be the now extinct Galloway Pony and decedents of the Dales Pony. Originally the pony was used as a pack horse to carry lead, slate, copper and iron ore...