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Pony Breeds That are Amazing Part II

Updated on December 12, 2016

The Burmese Pony

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.jpg By Unknown [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons | Source

The Shan state of Eastern Burma is where the Burmese pony originated. It is still red by local tribes. The Burmese pony resembles the Rhutia Spite and Manipuri ponies of the Himalayan Mountains. It is believed these ponies were developed from the Mongolian horse and some of the European breeds.

The Burmese pony can grow to be 13 hands tall. They will be bay, brown, black, chestnut and gray in color. They are not pretty ponies. They were red for work. They are very sure-footed, strong and have great endurance. They are very calm. They are not a fast pony but are good jumpers. They are known as easy keepers and do well in harsh living conditions. They do well in mountainous areas.

They are good pack ponies and are popular as trekking ponies. They are good for children to ride. The British colonists used to use them as polo ponies. They were not good at polo but they were the only mounts available at the time.

Canadian Rustic Pony

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The Canadian rustic pony was developed in Canada. The Canadian Rustic pony was developed by crossing the Heck horse, Welsh pony, and Arabian cross horses. The Canadian Rustic pony was originally found in Manitoba and Saskatoon, Canada.

The Canadian Rustic pony is 12.2 to 13.3 hands tall. Their colors are gray, buckskin and bay. They have primitive markings which include a dorsal stripe and zebra stripes. They are very intelligent and easy to train. They are strong and have fast gaits. They are usually used for driving, jumping and as pets.

Exmoor Pony

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The Exmoor pony comes from the Exmoor area of England. The Exmoor area is a Moorland located in Southwest England. The oldest breed of English ponies is the Exmoor.

It is believed after the Roman invasions the Exmoor pony ran wild. They are now used as children s riding ponies and a small adult. They also do well in harness. When they are crossed with a thoroughbred they make good hunters.

Exmoor ponies in snow

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By me'nthedogs (Exmoor ponies) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons | Source

The Exmoor pony stallions are 12.3 hands tall and the mares are 12.2 hands tall. The Exmoor can live in areas with very harsh climates. The Exmoor pony has what is called a “toad” eye, and a long nasal passage that warms air when inhaled. They also have what is called an “ice” tail that has a feathered base. Their color is usually brown, bay or dun. They will have black points and a muzzle that is mealy.

The Exmoor pony is thought to be Britain's native pony and comes from one ancient type pony that did well in very wet conditions. It is believed the Exmoor pony goes back to the Bronze Age. It is also believed they were used as chariot ponies. The Exmoor pony was kept for use on the farm and hunting in the 1700's. Now there are three herds of Exmoor ponies running on the Moor.

The purebred Exmoor pony is quiet wild. They are rounded up and brought in to be checked and the foals are branded every year. There are two types of Exmoor pony that live today. There is the Asland type and the Withypool type which is a little larger, darker and their profile is straighter.

The Celtic pony group which includes Connemara, Iceland and Shetland have influenced the Exmoor pony.

Cheju Pony

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By Gilad Rom (originally posted to Flickr as A pony in Jeju) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons | Source

The Cheju pony comes from Korea's Cheju Province. They are a small pony being 11 hands tall. They are used as light draft ponies and for riding. It is believed the Cheju pony came to Cheju island from China. In ancient times horses were very important for agriculture and military uses. This was before the first century B.C. Some believe the Cheju pony was around during prehistoric times. Mongolians governed Cheju from 1276 to 1376 during the Koryo dynasty. The Mongolians brought their horses to the island. It is thought the Mongolians brought 160 horses to Cheju island. The Mongolian horses were brought for the purpose of improving the Cheju pony. Many of the horses raised on Cheju island were sent to China and the Korean mainland.

Cheju produced most of the horses in the area during the Choson and Koryo dynasties. Horses were produced on 25 percent of the area's farms. In 1987 the Cheju pony was close to extinction. In 1987 the Korean government made the Cheju pony a National treasure.

They are very hardy and make good draft ponies even though they are small. They survive harsh winters without any man-made shelter. The mares will have a foal every year until they are 20 years old and sometimes older. They are able to carry 230 pounds.

They are usually bay, black, and chestnut n color. Occasionally they are gray, white or into. The Cheju shows it has Arab and Mongolian blood.

British Spotted Pony

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The Spotted ponies and horse have been around since prehistoric times. There are paintings of spotted horses and ponies that go back 20,000 years. They are also found in Egyptian paintings that go back to 1400 BC.

The British Spotted pony is known for its unusual spotted markings and disposition. They are great children s ponies. They also make great driving ponies.

They were once feral ponies in the British Isles. Their spotted coat was perfect camouflage for them when they roamed the forests and heaths in ancient Britain. There were pictures of Spotted ponies painted by stone age men on their cave walls.

Many of the important officers in Roman times rode spotted mounts.

There became a great interest in spotted horses and ponies after the last war. Many were sent to America, Australia, Canada and other countries in Europe. The spotted ponies became rare in Britain in the 19701s because so many were exported.

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There are several types of spotted ponies. They are usually up to 14.2 hands tall. The Few Spot Leopard pony will have a white body with very few spots. The Snowflake will have a dark colored body with white spots. The blanket will have white on the hindquarters and hips. These areas can have spots. The body can be any color. The blanket will sometimes cover the entire back and shoulders. The Modern Pattern will be a solid colored body that is ticked with white. There will also be small and large roan spots with blurred outlines. The solid color will be a pony with spotted patterns. Sometimes ponies that are born solid color will develop spots later.


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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 13 months ago from Mississauga, ON

      Excellent article on a "beast of burden" that I love.

      Btw, I also liked Bill Holland's advice. I think he is referring to the entire article, but I have tested and found that they give maximum stars / checks / nods to over 1200 or so words. I am sure you can check that in the edit mode of the article.

      My interaction with ponies has only been with those found in northern Pakistan and especially those that are used to play a local and more rugged version of polo. The ponies are prized possessions of the mountain villagers. Each valley among the Karakorums and the Hindu Kush mountain ranges (and perhaps an odd valley in the Himalayas too) has a polo team that competes against the others in well known polo tournaments and the sporting rivalries go deep. However, the rule is that a player cannot change his / her pony as we can in normal international polo style. Those ponies are hardy and able to run at gallop constantly in the thin airs of the high mountains.


      Suhail and my dog, K2

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 13 months ago from United Kingdom

      I see a British Spotted Ponies every now and then when I'm on holiday in Wales. They are eye-catching and I could watch them all day. But then I would miss out on much needed 'beach time'. lol

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      Norma Lawrence 13 months ago from California

      Thanks billybuc. I will change the titles. When you say 500 words do you mean each section? Thanks again.

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      Jackie Lynnley 13 months ago from The Beautiful South

      Love the Exmoor ponies, they look so rich and dark like minks! Great information. Than you.

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      Bill Holland 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      This is just my opinion, mind you, but I think your articles are good, and I think you are very close to having articles that will show up on search engines. My suggestions: work on the titles of the articles. Words like "Amazing" really aren't common for searches by the general public...with this one, simply "Pony Breeds" would probably be more effective. Secondly, articles need to be longer. It is now suggested that Google prefers articles over 500 words....just something to think about.