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What are The Top 5 Best Pony Breeds

Updated on May 20, 2011
the new forest pony - forest ponies
the new forest pony - forest ponies

#5. The New Forest Pony

The New Forest Ponies originated in New Forest of Hampshire, England around the 10'th century. Today, the New Forests are one of the most popular pony breeds.

One of the main reasons why the New Forest Ponies are so common is because of the fact that the New Forests are one of the friendliest of pony breeds. New Forest Ponies display such wonderful personalities in fact, that I'll rate them with a 5 out of 5 star rating for the New Forest Pony temperament.

#4. The Hackney Pony

Hackney Ponies are by far one of the most unique looking of all the pony breeds. Their tails are abnormally high set; their eyes are incredibly large, extremely high placed knees, long legs for their heights, and lengthy necks. Yet despite the exaggerated look of the Hackney pony, they're actually somehow a really beautiful and attractive pony breed in their own odd way.

The Hackney Ponies tend to measure around 12.3 hh to 14 hh and exhibit coats of Bay, Black, Chestnut, and Brown.

What honestly makes Hackneys such an amazing breed of pony though is the fact that these miniature like Hackney Horses are lively, energetic, and incredibly fun to be around.

#3. The Dales Ponies

The Dales Pony is a horse breed that originated from England. The Dales Ponies are extremely friendly, loving, and caring animals that enjoy being around people. The Dales are relatively tall for pony breeds and tend to almost always come in Black, very Dark Browns, and sometimes Bay. The Dales Pony has incredible amounts of stamina and strength making Dales perfect as both friends and working ponies out on the fields and farms.

#2. The Shetland Pony

Shetlands originated from the Shetland Islands of Scotland and it’s even said Shetland Ponies could have even first started on the Shetland Islands around 8,000 B.C. Today, Shetland Ponies have become by far one of the best well rounded and even tempered pony breeds. The Shetland Ponies are intelligent, loving, and generally good with children.

The Shetland Pony shouldn't measure above 40 inches in height, but on rare occasions some of the Shetlands can even reach up to 42 inches or 10.2 hh in height. More times than not the Shetland Ponies are black, but these Scottish horses can also come in solid colors Chestnut, Gray, Pinto, and Brown. Shetlands have hefty, heavy builds that make Shetland Ponies some of the heaviest of horse breeds and pony breeds in ratio to their sizes.

the australian pony
the australian pony
white pony australian ponies
white pony australian ponies

#1. The Australian Pony

The Australian Ponies are highly talented with Dressage, Pony Racing, and just about any competitive pony sports. Australian Ponies are not only one of the most athletic of pony breeds, but they perhaps have the absolute best temperaments out of all the ponies. The Australian Pony behaves remarkably with children and is a wonderful type of riding pony for those who are beginner pony riders of all ages.

The Australian Ponies are on the taller side of the pony breeds, measuring usually from roughly 12 hh to 14 hh in height. Although these animals predominantly exhibit Gray coats, Australian Ponies may also come in Chestnuts, Browns, and most any other solid pony coat color.



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      Jennifer 5 years ago

      Well now I want to go and buy myself a pony, hearing of these lovely 5 breeds of pony is exciting, I wonder what u would get if u mixed these 5 breeds, I think u would get a wonder pony with multi talents:) ;) :D :O :p B-)

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      Katie C. 5 years ago

      Those pictures are SO cute!