Dales mare and foal
As I mentioned before, the Dales pony is sadly on the Rare breeds watch list as 'critical' (less than 300 registered breeding females in the UK) and are one of the two breeds of native pony most at risk of extinction - the other one is the Eriskay pony.
Thankfully their numbers are on the rise, and there are many breeders determined to bring back the numbers of foals born.
Roandale Dales pony stud are expecting quite a few foals this year, and their first one had just been born two weeks before I was there, so I was lucky enough to photograph him.
Dales pony foal
The foal is a beautiful bay roan colt.
He certainly wasn't shy to come and say hello, especially once his mum came up to see me...he even came right up and sniffed my hand. Look at those amazing eyelashes!
Bay roan Dales colt
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