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post #1 of 35 Old 03-13-2011, 05:37 PM Thread Starter
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rare bred horses\ponies

Does anyone on here have any rare bred creatures? I used to work and ride a Eriskay pony which is native to the isle of Eriskay (which is a island off scotland). She was 13.1hh and more trouble than the big ex-eventers. She was grumpy, highly-strung and wasn't happy if it didn't go her way. She only ever hacks in company, and not with bigger horses as she can't keep up! Saying that once you had her respect and learnt how to work with her, she was brilliant. I used to go and sit in the field with her head beside me. Eriskays are crictually endangered with less than 50 breeding mares left. She was breed on Eriskay, and since I help 3 other Eriskays. They are naturally very grumpy and need to be worked religiously or they quickly become a nightmare! They were bred oringally bred by scottish crofters as a work horse, they would only keep one or two that would be used for everything from bringing in the peats to a cart horse. As crofting has become less common in Scotland and tractors are more economic and now more 'practical' the bred is becoming harder to find pure-breds. They are now more seen in showing as a discipline as they are good little WH ponies due to their strong stocky confirmation, they were bred for all the family so had to be handle by everybody so started off as good for children as well but due to blood being put in on the Island of Eriskays in the 1940's they now are more suited to adults, they added arabian blood and the results seems to be a highly strung native. You get them in grey, black, and very rarely bay. The majority is grey and the foals are born completely black and white out, normally they're about 5 yrs old before they reach the colour they will be at full maturity. I'll have to see if I can find a picture. So come on guys let's see those rare breeds and learn something new!
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post #2 of 35 Old 03-13-2011, 11:36 PM
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mYes! I have a Colonial Spanish Horse, Wakiya one of less than 3000 worldwide. These horses were Spanish War horses, Bull Fighting horses, Vaquero's horses, The horse of the Conquistidor, the Native American's "indian pony", buffalo runner, war pony, pony of the express horse, and first cow pony. Almost every American breed owes these horses their debt for passing on their genes and in return they got crossbred, shot and nearly extinct...





They are phenomenal endurance horses, excel in dressage, jumping, reining, working cow, anything you ask they will put their heart into. They are very smart and have a different mentality than modern breeds, they have old and unique genetics and are not related to the Arab or TB

They are listed as critically endangered with the ALBC and Equus Survival Trust there are less than 300 breeding mares
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post #3 of 35 Old 03-17-2011, 08:13 AM
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I have a Fell pony, there's only about 300 in the US (2 in my state). Fells come from England, they are awesome draft ponies used for riding and driving for the whole family. Lots of people think of them (incorrectly) as "mini" Friesians due to all their hair and feather, and in the US most are black.

I'm on my phone so I can't post pics of Harley, but if you go to my website ::: My Homepage ::: there are a couple and a link to his photo album.
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post #4 of 35 Old 03-18-2011, 05:35 PM
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I have a Fell pony, there's only about 300 in the US (2 in my state). Fells come from England, they are awesome draft ponies used for riding and driving for the whole family. Lots of people think of them (incorrectly) as "mini" Friesians due to all their hair and feather, and in the US most are black.

I'm on my phone so I can't post pics of Harley, but if you go to my website ::: My Homepage ::: there are a couple and a link to his photo album.
fells are considered rare over there?
im in the UK and my cousin has a fell.
never really thought of them as rare over here though...dont know really lol

here he is

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post #5 of 35 Old 03-18-2011, 05:39 PM
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Interesting thread! I've never had any rare horses, but the ones posted do look unique!
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post #6 of 35 Old 03-18-2011, 05:50 PM Thread Starter
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Agree with kawaiicharlie, I tend to think of as fairly common over here especially in the m&m scene.
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post #7 of 35 Old 03-18-2011, 06:07 PM
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I think Hispano-Arabs are considered somewhat rare.
Here is ''Morning Glory'' our almost 5 year old mare, she was born right at our barn.
As a foal>



Age 4

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post #8 of 35 Old 03-20-2011, 07:16 AM
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Yup, in the US Fells are very rare. Most people have never heard of them. They're missing out ;)
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post #9 of 35 Old 03-20-2011, 10:10 AM Thread Starter
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Really wow! I suppose a few breds you guys have over there we have never heard of either. What about dales ponies?
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Kiger Mustang owner here!

As the story goes, a small group of original spanish-bred horses that ended up secluded in the Steens mountains in Oregon. They missed all the inbreeding other feral herds had to produce the modern mustang we all know and love, so they are closer to the original, much like the colonial spanish horse posted above.

Beautiful horses with great minds, but stubborn ******s my girl makes me work HARD!

Some pictures of Trillium and Kiger friends, although her dun factor is hidden underneath a bunch of black (they call it "lobo dun" haha, you can see her stripes when the sun washes her out) - most kigers are some shade of dun or grulla and they can be GORGEOUS!




Very awkward baby stage


Dancer! Classic Dun


Willow! Dun + cream gene


HDR is a wonderful thing - too bad her butt looks to weeny from this angle


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