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Jubilee 01-15-2009 07:07 AM

Fell Ponies
I just discovered these beautiful little guys. I want to learn more about them. They are often incorrectly called Mini-Friesians because they do have a very striking resemblance to them. But their relation to Friesians is debatable. Some believe that they were influenced by breeding with Friesians back in Roman times but there is not much physical evidence to support that idea. The Fell Pony Society greatly discourages advertising Fell Ponies as Mini-Friesians. Though I have to admit that I was first attracted to the breed because they look so much like Friesians.
They come in Black, Grey, Brown and Bay.

I love this picture, This is a Fell next to a Friesian. They really do look a lot alike.

Fells are a British Native Pony breed. They are considered rare. I believe there are only about 6000 in the world and only about 200 or so in America.

Have any of you guys ever meet a Fell or do any of you own one?


welshy 01-15-2009 09:05 AM

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!

Jubilee 01-15-2009 10:54 AM

Thanks for the additional information Welshy! I was wondering if they were somehow related to Dales, they look very similar. And that's really cool that the Queen has some Fells :)

I would love to see some Fell ponies in action. I have never seen one in person before. They are relatively new to America. I want to breed ponies someday but I haven't settled on a breed yet. It would be very cool to breed Fell ponies because they are so rare here, I would feel like I would be helping the breed. I don't want to breed just any horse for the money, I would rather breed to help better a breed (or in this case promote it).

Yesterday I e-mailed someone that works with the American branch of the Fell Pony Society asking some information about them, particularly about how they fair in Dressage. She sent a quick e-mail back to me telling me she would get me some information later today. I'll share it with you as soon as I get it.


my2geldings 01-15-2009 10:58 AM

They are gorgeous eh. Growing up I always wanted one. A very European breed. Gorgeous little things.

NicoleS11 01-15-2009 11:22 AM

aw there so cute! how big do they get?

Jubilee 01-15-2009 11:23 AM

Oh Wow! Thanks for sharing the videos! They seem like such fun ponies. I want the one in the first video!



welshy 01-15-2009 12:19 PM

They don't exceed 14hh. I didn't think many people would like some of the native breeds of england outside of england but many seem to be exported.

Jubilee that's a great idea to breed a breed to better it i don't agree with people who breed just for money. Oh and you'll have to come over to England they're always at the shows people just love them!! Is they any great Fell studs near where you live? perhaps you could visit some?

Got2Gallop 01-19-2009 09:47 PM

These little guy's are eye candy, I just love to look at them!!! Beautiful!

Jubilee 01-19-2009 10:12 PM

I've been corresponding with the Chair Lady of the Fell Pony Society of North America, she has been very helpful providing information about Fell Ponies. I am particularly interested in how Fells fair in Dressage. She told me that they are redoing parts of the FPSNA website to specifically address Dressage as it relates to Fell Ponies. She also sent me a few articles that cover the subject. Apparently Fells do very well at Dressage and have naturally good conformation for the sport, as well excelent natural movement. There numbers are still low here in the US so they are not yet widely known for there Dressage here, but the excel at it over in England, it seems. The FPSNA is activally taking steps to promote the Fells natural ability for Dressage.

Here is the link to the Fell Pony Society of North America website:
The Fell Pony Society of North America (FPSNA) Welcome

I am very serious when I say I want a Fell. Of course, I plan to do more research first. I hope to get the chance to meet one in person soon, I may make plans within the next few months to go visit a Fell Breeder. At this point I'm not ready to purchase a Fell Pony (there a little on the pricey side and I'm in between jobs at the moment, so that will have to wait), but I am going to take active steps to learn more about them.

What do you guys think? I am wanting to be a breeder eventually. As I already mentioned, I want to be able to actually HELP a breed in some way, not just breed for the money. But still, I would have to be able to sell my ponies in order to succeed. Do you think there would be a large enough demand for a pony like that here in America?


Jubilee 01-27-2009 10:18 PM

What do you guys think of this Fell Stud colt? He is about two years old and he's for sale. He's registered but I don't know if he's a licensed stallion yet or not. He is a lovely color bay. They advertise him as a stud prospect. I have yet to see a bay stallion for stud here in the USA. He's a cutie, that's for sure, I'm just not sure if he would be a very popular stud. It seems as though all the popular ones are either black or grey.

What do you guys think? Critique his conformation too. Besides being a stud, what do you think this particular Fell may be good for?


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