From Shetlands to Connemaras, there are tons of awesome pony breeds that come from the UK and Ireland. They’re super-clever and hardy, making them fab riding ponies, but which one would be the perfect pony pal for you? Find out what makes each breed unique with our super-useful fact native breed fact files!
From: The Shetland Isles
Looks: Short with stocky legs, a fluffy coat and a long mane and tail, plus they’re super-adorable!
Known for: Being clever, tough and good with children.
Popular for: Often used as a child’s first pony. They also do well in showing, driving and, of course, Shetland pony racing!
Character: They have a reputation for being a bit stubborn!
Nimble New Forests
From: The New Forest, Hampshire
Looks: Fine and athletic with powerful hindquarters. They’re usually bay, black chestnut, grey or roan.
Known for: Being speedy, sure-footed and friendly.
Popular for: New Forests make great Pony Club ponies, and can turn a hoof to dressage, showjumping, cross-country and mounted games.
Character: They’re super-smart, so you’ll need to keep a close eye on them!
From: Connemara, Ireland
Looks: Well-proportioned and compact, with stocky legs and kind eyes.
Known for: Being athletic, versatile and sensible.
Popular for: Everything! Connies are especially good at dressage, showjumping, eventing and hacking.
Character: They’re super-playful and can get up to mischief, so you’ll need to make sure they have a fun, active home!
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