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Pony Breeds That are Amazing Part I

Updated on December 12, 2016

American Shetland Pony

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The American Shetland Pony has a very diversified history. The American Shetland pony originated from the very old Scottish Shetland pony from the Scottish Islands. In the 1809's when the coal industry was developed they imported Shetland ponies to work in the coal mines. Ponies are no longer used in the coal mines. The American Shetland pony is now used for riding and the show ring. They are now elegant looking and have a high stepping action.

The American Shetland pony will be 10.2 to 11.2 hands tall. They come in several colors that range from dun to roan to bay and black. The American Shetland pony comes from ponies that live in the Shetland Islands during the Bronze Age. There has been Hackney blood add to develop the American Shetland pony.

When they are shown false hooves and false tails might be added. They are still some Shetland ponies in America that resemble the shaggy little ponies that came to work in the coal mines.


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The American Shetland pony breed has been influenced by many breeds which include the Celtic pony, Hackney, Shetland Pony, and the Welsh Pony.


American Walking Pony

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The American Walking Pony is a fairly new breed that has been developed as a show pony for gaited competitions. They have three very unique gaits but are able to compete in seven classes. This is because they have Welsh pony blood in them. Some American Walking pones do very well in light hunter classes.


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They are usually 14 hands tall. The Welsh Pony and Tennessee Walking Horse were crossed to develop the American Walking Pony.

The American Walking ponies three unique gaits are the Merry Walk, Pleasure Walk and the canter. The Merry Walk and Pleasure Walk are faster than a regular walk. They are what is known as four beat gaits. The Merry Walk is faster than the Pleasure Walk.



Anadolu Pony

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The Anadolu pony was developed in Turkey over 1,000 years ago. They were developed by crossing the Turkman, Arabian, Karahdkh, Persian, Ahbal-Tike, Karhada, Delibog, Mongolian and the Anatole horse. They are considered a native Turkish pony by many.

The Anadolu pony is 12.3 to 13.3 hands tall. They have a small refined head. They are hardy, strong and fast.

The Anadolu pony is used for packing and riding. They can live in very poor conditions. They are very popular and are found all over Turkey.



Australian Pony

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Ponies first arrived in Australia in 1803. It was a hundred years before Australia developed a pony breed of their own. The Australian pony is used mainly as a show pony now. Originally they were children's ponies because of their great disposition.

They are 12 to 14 hands tall. They are a very good looking pony. In 1920 a different type of pony showed up in Australia. The Welsh Mountain Pony and Shetland pony were used to give the Australian pony a strong constitution and strength. Thoroughbred, Arab and Hackney blood was added later.

The Australian pony is a great animal but few people know about it outside of Australia.

The Australian Pony of today was developed using Hackney, Arabian, Welsh Pony, Exmoor Pony, Thoroughbred, Timor Pony and Hungarian Warmblood breeding.



Avelignese Pony

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The Haflinger horse is also called the Avelignese. They were developed in Austria and northern Italy.

The Avelignese pony is referred to as a warmblood. They existed over 3,000 years ago in Turkmenistan. They do very well in harsh, hot desert conditions. They are clam, loyal and strong.



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The Avelignese pony will be 13.3 to 14 hands tall. They are usually a chestnut color and their mane and tail are flaxen color. They have a very thick tail and mane. The lower logs will have feathering on them. They are built o that they will do well in harness. They are also used for packing, trekking, pleasure riding and endurance riding. Some are also used for farm work.

The Avelignese pony was developed using the Prehistoric Forest Horse and Arabian Blood.





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    • phoenix2327 profile image

      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 11 months ago from United Kingdom

      They are so adorable and quite elegant. Another good hub.

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      Bill Holland 11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I don't know why you don't do well on HP. I think your articles are very interesting, and I would think they are about a topic many people would be interested in.

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      Jackie Lynnley 11 months ago from The Beautiful South

      So interesting. I love horses and ponies so much but have a fear. I use to ride on big horses with a friend next door and it scared me so though they never did a thing to scare me and in my 20s I got on a pony and kicked it in the flanks and went for the ride of my life and after what seemed a lifetime getting bucked just hanging onto its mane I finally felt its hoof whiz by my head on the way down! I just count my blessings and admire from afar. lol