The Lundy island pony can be found on Lundy Island, which is just 3 ½ miles long by ½ mile wide. It is the largest island in the Bristol channel, lying 12 miles off the coast of Devon on the West coast of England.
The breed was first established in 1928, when the first island ponies, consisting of New Forest mares and a Thoroughbred stallion travelled to Lundy by boat and swam ashore to the Island.
Welsh ponies and Connemara ponies were also introduced and in the 1970’s New Forest stallions arrived.
The Islands herd consists of around 20 ponies and there is another herd on mainland England where they only use Connemara stallions in the breeding programme.
By using Stallions of different breeds separates the two herds in type and appearance.
The Lundy herd was moved to Cornwall in 1980, and four years later the Lundy breed society was established (1984).
Since then selected mares and their foals have been sent back to the island.
The Lundy Island provides a very harsh and unfriendly environment, with extreme severe weather, poor grass and vegetation.
These conditions helped in making the Lundy ponies very tough and hardy, and an economical eater.
The Lundy pony comes in a variety of colours typically dark bay, bright bay, dark dun, golden dun, cream, roan, palomino, liver chestnut and some black.
A compact horse with a fine neat head, wide, good depth through the chest, sloping shoulder, strong loins, symmetrical good hindquarters, and hard sound legs.
An charming head resting on a muscular elegant neck that is usually well-set and muscular with a strong compact back.
Strong legs with sufficient dense bone.
The ponies are approximately around 13.2 hands high (1.38m).
Lundyponies are useful as mounts for children, as they are both attractive animals and good-natured, and could be a useful jumping pony.
Age of horses - Teeth
Equus - 1
Mesohippus - early equid - 2
Miohippus - early equid - 3
Parahippus - Merychippus- equid - 4
Hipparion - Phiohippus- Dinohippus - Plesippus - equid - 5
Tarpan - extinct horse type -6
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