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A Welsh Pony stands on a gravel road at Snowdonia National Park in Wales, UK.  A rugged, mountainous environment is evident in the background.  The small pony is copper in color, but has a long, blondish, flowing mane and tail.  Its willingness to approach the photographer indicates it is comfortable with people.


Long considered one of the most beautiful of all ponies, the Welsh Pony is known for its beautiful, dished head, big eyes, and wide nostrils. Welsh Ponies, which according to breed standards may stand no taller than 13.2 hands, come in colors of grey, bay, chestnut, and palomino, though any color is acceptable. Their strong limbs, strong forearms, well-developed knees, and well-shaped feet make them a desirable choice for a variety of disciplines.

The Welsh Pony was developed by crossing Arab, Thoroughbred, and Welsh Cob stallions with Welsh Mountain Pony mares. Initially, this type of horse was bred for shepherding and hunting. Today, the horse's spirited yet gently temperament make it an ideal mount for children, while its versatility and strength also make it a favorite of those interested in carriage driving.

The Welsh Pony is a hardy breed, and it is able to survive and thrive in a wide variety of environments, including those that are harsh. Welsh Ponies are considered "easy keepers," which means they can survive on relatively little food.

While the Welsh Pony is native to Wales, it has been exported to many different countries. The Welsh Pony is currently a popular breed in Europe, the United States, New Zealand, and Australia.


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