The Fell Pony..
A woman in my village owns a Fell pony. Everytime I see it I always swoon over it. I think their a beautiful breed, but I don't know a lot about them. Can anyone tell me more about the breed? What height they grow to, what their temperment's like etc. :)
Their height varies from 13.2-14hh. Originating from the harsher climates of northern England. They are very agile and a strong breed. Very beautiful too! :) good taste!
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I, a 200lb male have ridden a Fell pony in the Welsh Hills Their size belies their strength. The horse I rode was able to keep up over harsh uneven terrain with much taller horses. They are an ancient breed probably going back to Roman times. By no means are they just a child's pony.
It is said they were used as pack horse carriers - as indeed were other British pony breeds in the days before hard surfaced roads.
Their cousins the Dales are usually a little bigger.
Yes they are very steady with their feet, I have read their ability to cover uneven ground well. Thanks to their origins up north I guess!
I have read they're also very closely related to the Dales pony, and originated from the extict Galloway pony.
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my mare is in foal to a fell
The Romans took a pack horse - the Ariegeois from the Pyrenees up through France and into Holland. Photos I have seen were of a stocky black cob, max 14h3 type with lots of feather, always black. Maybe they influenced the black Friesians which nowadays is much bigger.
The landscape of the area of the Fells and the Pyrenees is somewhat similar.
The Romans may have brought their horses to Northern England to help build and carry supplies to Hadrians Wall. But who knows
I always took the Galloway to be an old fashioned ride and drive stocky cob who carried the Border reivers on the raiding trips. Heavy, broad backed, big butts, 6-8 inches between the front legs, coarse salt and pepper coloured hair in mane and tail, lots of bone and lots of silky feather. Working on the farm during the day, going off on a stealing livestock raid at the weekend. I reckoned my Joe was a long lost Galloway. He'd have gone raiding any day given the chance. But I'd love to hear from anyone who knows more about Galloways.
The Fells I have noticed have all been smaller - not a pony, but not a horse yet capable of carrying both adult and child.
When in the market for a horse I have looked for a large Fell or a Dales but never found one at a reasonable price.
All I can say CheyAut is that if he were just that little bigger, I'd pop over and whisk him away.
What a little cracker.
WHo was Joe's Dad then
Now tell me since we are talking about Fell,s Dales and Galloways,
what do you reckon My Boy JOE was:
Fell and dales are not allowed to have any white on them (fells can be grey but if they are not grey they cannot have any white on them)
The fell pony taken from the Fell pony society website
About Fell Ponies * The Fell Pony Society
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