The Connemara region in County Galway in western Ireland, where the breed first became recognized as a distinct type, is a very harsh landscape, thus giving rise to a pony breed of hardy, strong individuals. Some believe that the Connemara developed from Scandinavian ponies that the Vikings first brought to Ireland. Another source was likely the Irish Hobby, a now-extinct breed established prior to the 13th century. Legend, however, says that galleons from the Spanish Armada ran aground in…
Fell Pony. One of the UK's native mountain and moorland pony breeds. Its history and bloodlines have been closely mixed with its geographic neighbor, the Dales Pony; but it is a little smaller and has a more pony-like head. It is hardy, intelligent, willing and versatile. At one point it was endangered like the Dales, but the breed has bounced back much stronger photo: Fleur Hallam.
The Newfoundland Pony is listed as a critically endangered species by Rare Breeds Canada. It is believed that there are fewer than 400 Newfoundland Ponies in North America with only 250 of these ponies able to be bred.
Dale Pony, native to the upper dale of Northern Yorkshire, England. These hardy ponies are up to 14.2 hands and through the predominant color of black, other colors include brown, gray, bay and occasionally roan. The ancestors of the dale Ponies include to a large degree the Pennine Pony. Dale Ponies were bred specifically as pack ponies.
The Exmoor is an endangered pony breed native to the British Isles. They are thought to be direct descendants of the ancient ponies that roamed Britain for hundreds of years. The lighter "pangare" markings around their eyes, muzzles, and stomachs are also apparent on other primitive breeds.