The Exmoor & other breeds of English ponies

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New Forest



    From the other local variety of the English Nordic breeds, more or less multifariously crossbred, the Exmoor pony is the closest representative of the purer Nordic form, his home being southwestern England in Exmoor. These horses are about 115-135 cm (11'2 to 13'1 hands) in the withers, have long back, dark bays with lighter coloring around the mouth. The forehead is wide with large eye and wide nostrils. They are used similarly as the Shetland pony.


    The Dartmoor pony’s home is Dartmoor in Cornwall. He is crossbred with the thoroughbred; hence he is somewhat taller and more refined.


    The New Forest pony comes from a wooded country of New Forest near London. He was refined with the Arabian and Hackneys and it is very tough horse of great endurance.


    The Welsh pony was bred in the hilly terrain of Wales. He was crossbred with Arabian and the thoroughbred; hence he became taller about 130 to 140 cm (12'3 to 13'3 hands) in the withers.


    The Scottish pony (Highland pony) has a home in the southern Scotland and is the tallest from all the Scottish ponies reaching the height of 135 to 145 cm (13'1 to 14'1 hands) in the withers. He is excellent as mountain riding horse and is of calm temperament.


     From the Irish ponies deserves to be mentioned the Connemara pony, resembling the Welsh pony not only in the exterior but in kind temperament; it is tough horse of great endurance under saddle in the mountains, as well as in pulling carts.




Translated by Ludvik K Stanek a.k.a. Lee Stanek from the 1953 Special Zoo-Technique - Breeding of Horses
Published in 1953 by the Czechoslovakian Academy of Agricultural Science and certified by the Ministry of Agriculture.
Written by: MVDr Ludvik Ambroz, Frabtisek Bilek, MVDr Karel Blazek, Ing. Jaromir Dusek, Ing. Karel Hartman, Hanus Keil, pro. MVDr Emanuel Kral, Karel Kloubek, Ing. Dr. Frantisek Lerche, Ing. Dr Vaclav Michal, Ing. Dr Zdenek Munki, Ing. Vladimir Mueller, MVDr Julius Penicka, pro. MVDr Emil Pribyl, MVDr Lev Richter, prof. Ing. Dr Josef Rechta, MVDr Karel Sejkora and Ing. Dr Jindrich Steinitz.