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post #1 of 89 Old 11-25-2012, 12:58 PM Thread Starter
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Native Breeds

How many of us have 'native breed' horses? I don't mean the ones bred for the 'show ring'. I mean basic, realtively untoched recognised native breeds like the Exmoor, Dartmoor, Clydesdale, Shire, Shetland, Highland Pony, Belgian, Percherons, Lippizaner etc. Would love to hear about them and more types of native breeds.
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Bluebell Clysdales and Shires are British breeds but they are not native as they are a 'man made breed' the british native ponies are Shetlands, Dartmoors, Exmoors, Eriscays, New forests, Highlands, Welsh mountain ponies, Fells, Dales, if you count the Irish ones then you have Kerry bogs and Connemaras. I have 10 cheeky beautiful shetlands that are true to type and are shown inhand.

Never judge a book by their cover, also never judge a pony by their height. They tend to be big personalities in little packages.
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I'm lucky enough to own a fell pony, who's currently out on loan to my friend. Despite being a proper native pony in lots of ways he has always lived in relative comfort with a nice warm stable to retreat to if it gets cold, so I'm not sure if he counts as a "proper" native pony.
He is however 100% rock solid and dependable, with a wicked streak. He's far to clever for his own good like most natives and will take the mickey if you're not careful! I did a lot of endurance with him last year, he won the high distance native trophy in my local group. His great love though is hunting and cross country, but is currently living the life of riley being hacked out by my friend.
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My yard has four Eriskays (of which there are only about 500 in the world, they'r very rare now), five Highlands, a New Forest, two Welsh Mountain ponies, a Connemara and a Shetland. On top of that they have 'foreign natives' including two Haflingers. Go natives (although I do love my TB :P)
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Does a "Bashkir" Curly count as a native breed? Their origin is still unknown. I own one now, and have owned multiple others in the past.
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In my area, mustangs are really popular as the 'native' breed. One of my goals for the future is to get a wild mustang yearling and successfully train it, enter it in a show, and get a first place ribbon!
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Bluebell Clysdales and Shires are British breeds but they are not native as they are a 'man made breed' the british native ponies are Shetlands, Dartmoors, Exmoors, Eriscays, New forests, Highlands, Welsh mountain ponies, Fells, Dales, if you count the Irish ones then you have Kerry bogs and Connemaras. I have 10 cheeky beautiful shetlands that are true to type and are shown inhand.
Its Bluebird not Bluebell! (LOL) I know that some of the Heavies are 'created' breeds but they have been around long enough to be classed as 'natives' now. Edinburgh show where they have a ridden Clydesdale Class - identify Clydesdales as a 'native breed'. Sure their history doesn't go back as far as some of our older native breeds but then if you go back far enough, the Shetland was developed from the Icelandic and Nordic horses (probably). I think 300years of breeding does make our heavies 'native' and I hope they keep going long after I am gone and no-one starts to muck about with the breed as it is.
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Does a "Bashkir" Curly count as a native breed? Their origin is still unknown. I own one now, and have owned multiple others in the past.
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Do you have a picture? I haven't heard of that one.
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I'm lucky enough to own a fell pony, who's currently out on loan to my friend. Despite being a proper native pony in lots of ways he has always lived in relative comfort with a nice warm stable to retreat to if it gets cold, so I'm not sure if he counts as a "proper" native pony.
He is however 100% rock solid and dependable, with a wicked streak. He's far to clever for his own good like most natives and will take the mickey if you're not careful! I did a lot of endurance with him last year, he won the high distance native trophy in my local group. His great love though is hunting and cross country, but is currently living the life of riley being hacked out by my friend.
Here he is:
I was taken up a dried up waterfall in Wales near Offers Dyke by a Welsh Mountain pony. I was then taken along a track at the side of a mountain which was only wide enough for the horse to put one hoof in front of the other. It was an 'Extreme Trek' and I had to wear brown jodphurs! That pony was the most surest footed horse I have ever ridden and I owe him my life! They are amazing horses and Fell ponies are just as amazing. They will take you anywhere!
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Its Bluebird not Bluebell! (LOL) I know that some of the Heavies are 'created' breeds but they have been around long enough to be classed as 'natives' now. Edinburgh show where they have a ridden Clydesdale Class - identify Clydesdales as a 'native breed'. Sure their history doesn't go back as far as some of our older native breeds but then if you go back far enough, the Shetland was developed from the Icelandic and Nordic horses (probably). I think 300years of breeding does make our heavies 'native' and I hope they keep going long after I am gone and no-one starts to muck about with the breed as it is.
Clydesdales aren't classed as natives - it's the ponies that are classed as natives. There is no 'native' classification at the Royal Highland Show either, there's only M&M which accounts for native ponies other than Highlands and Shetlands which have their own classes. Clydesdales can compete for the Sanderson Trophy, which is for the best Clydesdale, Highland, Eriskay or Shetland, but this doesn't classify them as a 'native', just as an "animal competing in one of the four Scottish horse or pony breed sections".
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