Keeley, can I ask if your pony is registered with the Dartmoor Pony Society or the Dartmoor Hill Pony Society?
The Dartmoor pony is a specific breed which, as I'm sure you're already aware, looks nothing like your boy. However, the Dartmoor Hill pony is basically any pony that was bred on the moor.
There are several sub-categories of Dartmoor Hill pony, one of which is "coloured", just like yours. When the popularity of Gypsy cobs increased in the UK, coloured stallions were put out on the moor, the owners hoping to cash in on the trend.
Sadly, overbreeding of Hill ponies and a drop in demand has resulted in many being sold for very little money, often destined for the meat trade.
I suspect your pony is therefore part-Gypsy cob and part-anyone's guess!
The Dartmoor Pony Society part-bred register issue yellow passports. To qualify, the pony must have a minimum of 12.5% pedigree Dartmoor blood (ie. A grandparent).
They will issue passports for non-pedigree ponies of unknown breeding and not eligible for entry into any breed society stud book. These passports are pink.
Not sure if that helps. It doesn't get you any closer to finding out your pony's parentage, but it might explain why he is registered with the Dartmoor Pony Society (if his passport is either yellow or pink, that is).
With his looks, I'm surprised they didn't register him with the Gypsy Pony and Cob Society. It would be a lot less confusing!
Sorry Keeley, but unless you can trace back through his previous owners via his passport I think you're out of luck on this one.
While it's nice to know 'whatcha got' for curiosity's sake, I kind of like the mystery of a pony of "unknown origin", I have one myself. I see him as a one-of-a-kind "breed", unique to me and I wouldn't part with him for the World!
Yeaaaa I completely see your point I've written to the only registered owner on his passport that had him in 2008 so he was only a foal then and hopefully will get a reply otherwise he's just a gypsy cob lol! I wouldn't part with mine either I've had loads of horses projects and challenges foals youngsters but this ones going nowhere got him in January as a nervous wreck.. And he's come along way already so not going anywhere and he's good with my little boy so won't be outgrown either! Thanks for your help x Posted via Mobile Device