Ever wondered what a Friesian might look like as a pony? Check out Dales ponies
This breed of pony originated from the upper part of the U.K. near the Scotland border. Over time, and through selective breeding, the Dales pony
The breed was specifically designed to be able to be hardy enough for tough farm work but also smooth enough to ride.
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE DALES PONY
Breeders have a lot of criteria to meet when it comes to Dale ponies.
The ponies should be alert, intelligent, and courageous. Their coat
color should be either black, brown, bay, gray, or roan. In terms of
conformation, they should have powerful hindquarters along with well
developed shoulders and a deep chest. All topped off with a long thick
mane and tail.
The Dales pony served overseas in both World War I and World War II.
During the twentieth century many Clydesdale stallions
were being bred to Dales mares, as their offspring brought in good
profits for farmers, unfortunately this caused a big drop in the number
of pure Dale ponies being born.
Read more about these ponies through the Dales Pony Society.