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    01-27-2011, 05:56 PM
Green Broke
And continueing in a second post because I exceeded the character limit


Breed Standard
Height - Not exceeding 14hh (no lower height limit)
Colour & Markings - Black, brown, bay or grey preferably with no white markings, although a star or a little white on the hind feet is allowed
Head - Head should be small, well chiselled in outline, well set on, forehead broad and tapering to nose. Nostrils are large and expanding. Eyes should be prominent, bright mild and intelligent. Ears neatly set, well formed and small. Fine through the throat and jaws showing no signs of throatiness or coarseness
Neck - Of proportionate length, giving good length of rein, strong and not too heavy, moderate crest in case of stallion
Shoulders - Most important, well laid back and sloping, not too fine at withers and not leaded at the points - a good long shoulder blade with well developed muscles
Body - Good strong back of good outline, muscular loins, deep carcass, thick through heart, round ribbed from shoulders to flank, short and well coupled, hind quarters strong with tail well set on
Feet Legs & Joints - Feet of good size, round and well formed, open at heels with the characteristic blue horn, fair sloping pasterns not too long. Forelegs should be straight, well placed and not tied at the elbows. Big well formed knees, short cannon bone, plenty of good flat bone below knee (8" at least) with great muscularity of arm
Hind Legs - Good thighs and second thighs. Very muscular hocks, well let down and clean cut. Plenty of bone below the joint. Hocks should not be sickle of cow-hocked
Action - Walk - smart and true. Trot - well balanced all round with good knee and hock action, going well from the shoulder flexing the hocks. Not going too wide nor near behind. Should show great pace and endurance, bringing the hind legs well under the body when going
Mane Tail & Feathers - Plenty of fine hair (coarse hair objectionable) all the fine hear except that at the point of heel may be cast in summer. Mane and tail are left to grow long
General Character - The Fell Pony should be constitutionally as hard as iron and show good pony characteristics with the unmistakeable appearance of hardiness peculiar to mountain ponies. At the same time it should have a lively and alert appearance and great bone

Trimming rules for showing
Ponies to be shown unplaited and untrimmed, including head and face, mane and tail which should not have been previously plaited as the hair should be straight and silky.
Eye make-up and hair dying is not allowed.
Clipping of winter coats on working ponies whilst not encouraged for showing is not debarred.

Tack for In Hand Showing
White rope or webbing halters may be used to show the youngstock, brood-mares and geldings in hand. Foals to be haltered and led. Stallions and colts 2 years old and over should be shown in a leather show halter or bridle. Stallion tack is optional. Yearlings may not be shown bitted.
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    01-28-2011, 04:21 AM
Well Faye, your posts confirm what I said earlier - little beauties aren't they.

At a recent dressage competition there were several tall, long legged warmblood types which were attracting admiring glances. Suddenly through the entrance of the warm up arena came a sturdy Fell (or Dales) - I couldn't take my eyes of the chap. He didn't get into the places, but that was perhaps his rider's inexperience but he showed his best with his paces and his impulsion.
I personally don't have a lust for a 17 hand hunter - the rider has to keep dodging all those low branches and the attractive Welshies these days are mostly full of fire and brimstone.

Thanks for the info on the breed. I hear they fetch good money these days.

Barry G
    01-28-2011, 04:40 AM
Fells and dales are very similar. They are both very sure footed and they are both a very loyal breed. Most are hardy and used to living in harsh conditions and therefore many live out all year round unrugged. I have had both fells and dales (currently have a dales). They are great for kids height wise and for their generally calm disposition but I personally feel that fells and dales can be strong if they are not handled confidently. I put this down to the amount of bone they have and the general muscle mass nothing to do with being naughty and untrained etc. They make great drivers. Just my opinion
    01-31-2011, 07:49 PM
So what happens when a foal is born to registered parents and has some white on it? It can't be registered?
    01-31-2011, 08:17 PM
Originally Posted by CheyAut    
This is Harley (Fanicons Costa a Plenty), my 13h Fell pony gelding :) They are WONDERFUL, my second favorite breed (first is minis)

Do you live in AZ? I swear i've seen this guy around. :P
    02-01-2011, 02:47 AM
He is pure beauty! I'm green right now
    02-20-2011, 06:25 AM
Hunterjumper, yes I do! Where have you seen us? Harley is one of two in Az, the other is a mare named Poppy. There is also a Fell/Welsh cross who is gorgeous.
    02-20-2011, 03:04 PM
Chey- I'm not sure where but it had to be him because it was a gelding haha.
Horse lovers I think.
    02-21-2011, 05:15 AM
Well cool :) Say Hi if ya come across us again :)
    02-27-2011, 07:37 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by mypony    
So what happens when a foal is born to registered parents and has some white on it? It can't be registered?
It can stil be registered but in a different section of the studbook and no offspring from it can be registered as purebred.

For example the connemara has 3 grades, 1, 2 and 3. Connies are automaticly put as grade 3 when they are born and remain there until inspected, grade 2 are generaly overheight connies or connies that don't meet the breed standard. Grade 1 connies are the 3+ yearold connies that have passed the inspection.
Grade 2 (or grade 3 over the age of 3) connies go into the same section as the partbred and thier off spring can only be registered as partbreds.

The Fell breed society has similar. Fairly sure they call it the section X rather then grade 2 or 3

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