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Pony Breed Descriptions
Pony breeds Main article: Pony

Ponies are usually classified as animals that mature at less that 14.2 hands. However, some pony breeds may occasionally have individuals who mature over 14.2 but retain all other breed characteristics. There are also some breeds that now frequently mature over 14.2 hands due to modern nutrition and management, yet retain the historic classification "pony." For the purposes of this list, if a breed registry classifies the breed as a "pony," it is listed here as such, even if some individuals have horse characteristics.

(Please note: Because of this designation by the preference of a given breed registry, most miniature horse breeds are listed as "horses," not ponies)

Sable Island Pony
Little is known of the first horses on Sable Island, off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada. The ponies now on the island rarely stand over 14 hands high, but are descended from horses, and owe their small height to their environment.

One of the first horses on the island was the stallion, Jolly, who was taken there in 1801, but there were already horses there and it is thought they may have arrived as early as the 16th century. The ancestry of the ponies is unknown, but they owe some debt to the Spanish horse.

Sandalwood Pony
The Sandalwood Pony originated in Indonesia, on the Sumba and Sumbawa Islands. It is named after the Sandalwood trees , which are a major export of the country. The Sandalwood pony is one of the finest in the country, partly due to the great amount of Arabian blood. They are very nice children's ponies, and have been exported to Australia. They have also been exported to other Southeast Asian countries for use as racing ponies.

The Sandalwood is used for light draft, pack, farm, and riding work. They are especially popular in racing, both on the flat and in harness, being fact and agile. They are also used in the bareback races held on the islands, which are often over three miles long.

Sandalwoods have incredible endurance, and are very easy to manage. They should have a nice head with small ears, a short, muscular neck, and a deep chest with a sloping shoulder. The back is usually long, and the croup is sloping. The ponies are usually 12-13 hh, and may be any color.
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Sardinian Pony
There is little hard fact surrounding the development of the Sardinian Pony , which is now quite rare, bit there are far more records about the Sardinian (horse), also known as the Sardinian Anglo-Arab. The Sardinian pony is an ancient breed developed from early imports of Barb and Arabian stock to the island, as well as probably containing some Spanish blood. The first documented mention of the pony was not until 1845, and even since then they have remained largely unrecorded. They stand between 12 and 13 hands high, and come in brown, bay, black or liver chestnut. We do not know where they origionated from.
Shetland Pony
The Shetland pony is a breed of pony (a type of small horse) that is very strong for its size. Shetlands range in size from a minimum height of approximately 28 inches to an official maximum height of 42 inches (10.2 hands, 107 cm) at the withers. (11.2 hands for American Shetlands) Shetland ponies have heavy coats, short legs and are considered quite intelligent. They are a very strong breed of pony, used for riding, driving, and pack purposes. More Information
Skogsruss, See Gotland Pony
Skyros Pony
The Skyros Pony is a breed of pony found on the Greek isle of Skyros.

The breed is distinguished by its relatively small stature compared to other Greek ponies, standing a mere eleven hands. The Skyros possesses a small head on on a short neck and narrow body, with little muscle. Coloration is bay, gray, brown or dun.

The ponies are often kept semi-wild, ranging the mountainous interior of the island until they are needed at the harvest for threshing grain. Skyroi are also used as pack horses, harness horses, for riding and as sires or mares for hinnies or mules.

As of 2001, there were ninety-three breeding mares and fifty-two studs. It is not clear if all members of the herd are pure-bred. The breed is considered by many to be endangered , although no government or international authority has made such a declaration. Nevertheless the existence of such small numbers of ponies is conducive to inbreeding and is therefore likely to endanger the ponies' survival even further.

A possible obstacle to the recovery and expansion of the herd is a ban on exportation of the animal from the island. The export of Skyros-derived hinnies or mules is not illegal, and consequently there is a great economic incentive to breed hybrids for export instead of purebred ponies to continue the bloodline. A group called the Silva Project is currently working to rescind the export ban and promote the foundation of Skyros herds elsewhere in Greece and abroad.

Spiti Pony
The Spiti Pony originated in the Himalayan region of India, and today is bred in the Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh. It is similar to the Bhutia Pony and the native Tibetan Pony, as these animals have been interbred for years so that many of the individual characteristics have been lost, and are now all categorized as "Indian Country Bred."

Suited to mountainous climate and terrain, they are not as able to endure humidity and heat. Lack of nutritious grasses generally affects the growth and development of the ponies, although they have become incredibly tough and self-sufficient, requiring little fodder. The conformation of these ponies is usually not superior. They have a large head and pronounced jaw, short neck, low withers, sloping quarters, and deep chest. The shoulder is a bit straight and upright, the legs, although short, are very strong. The ponies usually never get taller than 12 hh. They are usually gray or dun in color, although they may be any solid color.

The ponies are kept mainly for work, mainly as pack ponies and sometimes for riding, to which their stamina and endurance serves them well. They generally have a willing and quiet temperament, although a few may be less-reliable.

Sumba and Sumbawa Pony
The Sumba Pony and Sumbawa Pony are named after the island on which they are bred--the Sumba Island and Sumbawa Island respectively. However, the two breeds are similar enough that they may be considered one. The ponies descended from Mongolian Horses and ancient Chinese stock.

The ponies are today used for pack, riding, and light draft work. They are incredibly strong, and many are ridden by men in games of Lance Throwing despite never reaching 13 hh. Young boys also ride the ponies bareback in traditional dance competitions, manuveuring them in patterns as instructed. The knee of the ponies are decorated with bells, that chime in rhythm to the drumming.

The ponies are quick, agile, athletic, and fast, with great endurance, and a willing temperament. They usually have primitive coloring, being dun with a dorsal stripeand black points, although they may be any color. The Sumba and Subawa have a heavy head, short, muscular neck, and flat withers. The back is usually long, although it is still strong, and the legs are fine but tough with good hooves. Most ponies do not exceed 12.2 hh.

Tibetan Pony
The Tibetan Pony is today found in Tibet. It descended from ancient stock, likely partly from the Mongolian Pony and Chinese breeds, although it has been bred pure for years. The ponies are well-regarded by the local people, and they have been traditionally kept by both wealthy Tibetans and farmers alike, as well as by the Dalai Lama. The ponies were sent as gifts to Chinese Emperors, especially during the Ming and Tang dynasties.

The ponies are known for their incredible strength and endurance for their size, as well as their sure-footedness and resilience. They are mostly kept as light draft animals, as well as for pack and riding work.

The head of the ponies usually have a pronounced jaw line, straight profile, and small ears and eyes. The neck is a muscular and a bit short, the chest is deep, the shoulder is straight. The ponies have prowerful hindquarters, and short, strong legs with good joints. Standing at 12.2 hh, they are usually bay or gray, but may be any solid color.

Timor Pony
The Timor Pony was developed on the Indonesian island of Timor, likely from Indian breeds that were imported to the island. It is used by the local people for cattle work, at which it does well, as well as riding, driving, and light farm work. Many of these ponies have been exported to Australia, where they have had a great influence on the breeding of the Australian Pony.

Timor Ponies are strong, frugal, and agile, and have a quiet and willing temperament. The ponies have a narrow frame, short back, muscular neck, prominent withers, and a sloping croup. The shoulders are straight, and the legs and feet are strong. The ponies usually stand 10-12 hh, and are usually brown, black, bay, but may be gray.

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