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    The Exmoor pony is one of the nine native breeds of pony to be found throughout the British Isles. The pony originates from the moor in the south west from which it takes its name.  The Exmoor for this reason is often seen as something of a pair with the other southwestern native breed, the Dartmoor pony. Although, both breeds are very different to one another.   Work done by ...

    Is the Appaloosa a breed or a colour? Well, like the palomino, it is one of those rare things, it is actually both. In terms of origin and development, the Appaloosa more closely resembles warmbloods in that there have been many and varied breed influences throughout the years so in this respect, it differs from other breeds which have a closely guarded gene pool.  Historically the Appaloo...

    The Welsh breeds are divided into four sections types called the Sections A, B, C and D.  The smallest of the four groups are the Welsh Section A, the Welsh Mountain pony and the Welsh Section B, the Welsh pony. All four sections come under the auspices of one society which is the Welsh Pony and Cob Society but each section has its own studbook. The Society was founded in 1901.   ...

    Of all the breeds of horse to have perhaps the greatest and most far reaching influence on not just other breeds but the development of the modern sports horse, the Thoroughbred  must take the accolade. As the supreme equine athlete, the Thoroughbred is beyond compare and it is for this reason that its influence can be found in so many other breeds and cross breeds.   During t...

    The Shetland pony is one of two native pony breeds that heralds from Scotland, the other being the Highland pony. The Shetland pony as its name suggests, derives from the Shetland Islands. The Shetland can probably lay claim to originating from the most inhospitable of all terrains, the rugged islands which lie to the north of Scotland. It is also the smallest of the nine native breeds of pony ...

    Mountain and Moorland is a generic term that is normally used to refer to the indigenous and native breeds of pony which can be found throughout the United Kingdom. The title is used because many of these breeds are indeed found in their natural homes, on mountains and moorland.   The UK is blessed to have nine of these native breeds that are the envy of the world over.  A pop...

    A Warmblood is a horse bred somewhere between the hot bloods of the Arab and Thoroughbred and the cold bloods of the Draught horse. So it follows that a British Warmblood is a warmblood horse that has been bred in Britain, doesn’t it? Well theoretically yes but it is a bit more complicated than that.   Whilst the UK used the English Thoroughbred to lighten Draught breeds to p...

    The Arab horse is perhaps the most influential of all breeds in the modern equine population. Consider its prominence in the modern Thoroughbred through the three founding stallions, the Godolphin Arabian, the Darley Arabian and the Byerley Turk, Turk being another word for Arabian. This Arab foundation of the Thoroughbred is often overlooked in favour of the subsequent pre-eminence of the Thor...

    The New Forest pony has one of the largest height ranges of all the nine native pony breeds found in the UK and comes from an area in the south of England from which it takes its name. The New Forest is a large area of land of just over 200 square miles which sits in the counties of Hampshire and Wiltshire; it includes a mixture of heathland and forest. There is no minimum height limit for...

    The Selle Français is the main French breed of warmblood horse, but unlike its Dutch and German warmblood neighbours, the Selle Français has had quite a different evolution.   Like many continental warmbloods, the breed Selle Français came into formalised existence in 1958 when Europe was recovering after the Second World War and the horse was no longer require...

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