Welsh pony


Welsh pony
one of a breed of small, sturdy ponies raised originally in Wales.
[1765-75]

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▪ breed of horse
    breed of small horse popular as a child's or an adult's mount. A hardy breed that developed in the Welsh mountains, the Welsh pony was originally used in coal mines. A saddle type was developed by introducing Thoroughbred and Arabian blood. Welsh ponies are about 12 hands (48 inches, or 122 cm) tall and weigh about 500 pounds (225 kg; see photograph—>). Coat colour is usually black. They are refined and intelligent, with considerable spirit and good disposition. The Hackney pony (see photograph—>) was established by crossing Welsh pony mares with Hackney stallions.

      In 1884 the first Welsh ponies were imported to the United States, and in 1906 the Welsh Pony Society of America was established.

       Selected breeds of poniesSee the Table of Selected Breeds of Ponies (Selected breeds of ponies) for further information.

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