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British native breeds

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Do you know all the British native breeds? Find out more about them and where they’re from

British native breed ponies grazing

Scotland

Eriskay

Height 12–13.2hh

Colours Most are born black and turn grey, but they can be black or bay

Origin Outer Hebrides, Scotland

Eriskay pony originated from Scotland

Highland

Height 13–14.2hh

Colours Black, bay, brown, grey, chestnut or dun

Origin Scottish Highlands and Islands

Native Highland ponies

Shetland

Height Up to 10.2hh

Colours All colours except spotted

Origin Shetland Isles, Scotland

Shetland pony, native to Scotland

Clydesdale

Height 17–18hh

Colours Bay or brown with white markings

Origin Lanarkshire, Scotland

Clydesdale horses

England

Cleveland Bay

Height 16–16.2hh

Colour Bay and no white other than a small star

Origin Yorkshire, England

British native breed Cleveland Bay

Dales

Height 14–14.2hh

Colours Black, brown, grey, bay or roan

Origin Derbyshire, England

Dales pony British native breed

Fell

Height 13.2–14.2hh

Colours Black, bay, brown or grey

Origin Cumbria, England

Fell pony

Shire

Height  16–17.2hh

Colours Black, brown, bay, grey or roan

Origin Leicestershire and Lincolnshire, England

Shire horses

Hackney

Height 12.2–14.2hh

Colours Black, brown, bay and chestnut

Origin Norfolk, England

Hackney horse

Suffolk Punch

Height 15.3–17hh

Colour Chestnut

Origin Suffolk, England

Suffolk Punch, England native breed

New Forest

Height  12–14.2hh

Colours Mostly bay, chestnut or grey

Origin Hampshire, England

Now Forest ponies

Dartmoor

Height Up to 12.2hh

Colours Mostly bay, but can be any colour

Origin Devon, England

Dartmoor pony native to England

Exmoor

Height 11.2–12.3hh

Colours Bay, brown or dun with mealy muzzle, eyes and flanks, but no white markings

Origin Somerset and Devon, England

Native breed Exmoor ponies

Wales

Welsh ponies and cobs

Height Section A under 12hh, Section B and C 12.3–13.2hh, and Section D over 13.2hh

Colours Any colour except piebald and skewbald

Origin Wales

Welsh pony breed

Ireland

Connemara

Height  12.2–14.2hh

Colours Bay, brown, grey chestnut, dun or roan

Origin Connemara, Ireland

Connemara pony

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