With Christmas and New Year now a distant memory for most of us, we're looking ahead to what will be available on Horse
and Pony Info in 2012.
We are adding info to a webpage on Horse Breeds. There is a short paragraph on each one
and a video which shows off the breed. We've already got the Shetland pony (with a lovely, heart warming video), the Friesian,
the Connemara and the Clydesdale.
The Clydesdale is Native to the UK, originating in Scotland
in the middle of 18th century when mares were bred with Flemish stallions to produce offspring with more weight and substance.
They were used during World War 1 but numbers declined dramatically when the farm tractor arrived. The breed is now still
officially 'at risk'. Budweiser Clydesdales are probably the most famous and give displays throughout the world.
Shetland is also from Scotland and existed in the Shetland Isles for over 2000 years and probably much longer. Various
excavations on the islands have revealed the bones of small ponies that existed during the Bronze Age and it is thought that
ponies have been in domestic use there since this time. The Shetland is renowned for its strength and longevity. They were
used on farms and, in the 19th century, also as pit ponies down coal mines. Queen Victoria is supposed to have owned several
Shetland ponies which were used to drawn small carriages.
Native to Ireland, the Connemara originated
in the west of the country. There is mystery surrounding its beginnings, some believing that horses swam ashore from a Spanish
Armada shipwrecked off the coast and bred with local ponies. This is probably a colourful myth. Others think that the ponies
may have come over with the Vikings. Nobody knows! The Connemara is a versatile, much loved pony which can turn its hooves
to anything, from jumping and hunting to showing. The breed is now exported all over the world.
Friesian is the only horse breed native to the Netherlands where they have been known since the 13th century.
The characteristics of the horse are still similar to their ancestors with majestic flowing mane, feathering of legs, jet
black colour and elevated movement. The Friesian used to be a high class carriage horse originally but now competes in many
different equine sports.
If you have a favourite breed why not drop us a line to firstname.lastname@example.org?
To see the videos of these breeds, click here