Happy new year to you all - I hope you had a good time over the holidays.
I really must get back to the blog now. I have lots to catch up on - I already have the Fell ponies and New Forest ponies to write about, and this year I would like to visit Shetland or the Highlands to photograph them, and I also want to go to Yorkshire to photograph the Dales ponies. Then that just leaves the Exmoor and Dartmoor ponies. I'm not sure whether to include the Irish Connemara ponies in this project as I'm not sure whether they are British ( as far as I know they only roam feral in Southern Ireland, although they would have once been all over Ireland, and Northern Ireland is British ! ) What do you think - please leave your thoughts in the comments as I would love to hear your opinions on this.
Just one last blog with photos on the Carneddau Welsh mountain ponies:
White Welsh pony mare
The wild Welsh mountain ponies might have an uncertain future, but the section A Welsh ponies, which are the closest to the wild mountain ponies, are very popular. There are also 3 other types of Welsh pony categories ranging in size from under 12hh to exceeding 13.2hh with no upper limit.
The Welsh Stud Book contains registration details of four "types" of Welsh Ponies and Cobs. These types include the Section A Welsh Mountain Pony, Section B Welsh Pony, Section C Welsh Pony (Cob type) and Section D Welsh Cob. Each Section, or type, has specific characteristics, but all retain the pony character, versatility and excellent temperament of the Welsh breeds.
Because these ponies were the hill farmers' main means of transport, herding sheep and wild ponies over rough and mountainous country, they had to be hardy, balanced and fast. This ensured that only the best were bred from. These qualities, combined with a natural jumping ability, and the temperament of their Welsh Mountain Pony forebears make the Welsh ponies and cobs really great riding ponies and all rounders.
You can read about the breed standard and characteristics on the Welsh pony and cob website
I think this Welsh mountain stallion is beautiful and even though he is wild and a bit unkempt he really shows where the different types of Welshies get their looks from.
Welsh mountain pony stallion
Some last photos from Carneddau - they seem to be very itchy ponies !!
You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours
Little foal in the middle wants a scratch too
Its my turn
The stallion has to scratch his own bum !
Just one last photo - what do you think of this ? It was an experiment, but I think I like it :-)
Welsh pony in pink
I'm really looking forward to writing the next blog - it will be about the beautiful Fells of Cumbria. I have some great photos of them, so please come back to read it.