Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: England...anywhere near a horse
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hey i'm from england and i've seen lots of Fell ponies at county shows in the Mountain and Moorland classes. They really are gorgeous!!
The British Queen is the patron of the society as she also loves fells I believe the Queen breeds them and the Duke of Edinburgh used to/still does compete in trials with a team of the Queen's Fell ponies!!
It is believed that Friesans have influenced the breed although the society do not agree with this, and Fell ponies share the same ancestors as the Dales pony of Northern England. There was not an official distinction between the two breeds until 1916!
Fell ponies are very strong but don't exceed 14hh, they have very good paces. Fell ponies used to be used as pack ponies, farming and sheperding but as they are no longer used for that they have declined in numbers, but I do know a woman who is trying to bring back the breed, she uses them as trekking ponies and I believe she's had alot of success with it as Fell's are also very sure footed. They are also used as ponies ridden purely for pleasure which has seen an increase in numbers as Fell's have alot of stamina.
Hope that helped!