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The Fell Pony is a native British breed, believed to be descended from native European ponies . Over the centuries, these ponies have also been influenced by the now extinct, Galloway, a strong, fast sure-footed pony used by cattle thieves and border raiders during the 19th century.
The Fell is enormously strong and was historically used as a pack pony, transporting lead ore and coal to the coast during the 18th century. These ponies were known to carry as much as 16 stone (224lb/101kg). As a result, although the Fell is not to exceed 14hh (by breed standard), they are capable of carrying the same load as a much larger horse.
Fells are known for their great stamina as well as lively trot, with the action indicative of mountain breeds. They are much sought after for use under saddle as well as for use as driving ponies.
Not exceeding 14hh.
Black, brown, bay or grey, preferably with no white markings, though a star or a little white on the foot is allowed.
Small, well set-on head with broad forehead, bright, prominent eye. Small, neat ears, large nostrils and fine throat and jaws;strong of neck but not too heavy, giving a good length of rein; good, sloping shoulders; strong, deep body with muscular loins; strong hindquarters with well set-on tail; strong limbs with plenty of good flat bone below the knee and well-formed feet with characteristic blue horn.
Docile temperment with strength and energy
Fells in North America
The number of Fell ponies in the world is limited, with between 6000 and 7000 worldwide. There are currently less than 250 Fell ponies in North America. Although this seems low, the number of Fell ponies in the US has quadrupled in the last 5 years. The Fell in North America is shown in halter classes, Dressage, English and Western Pleasure, Pony Club and in driving competitions. Many Fells are shown at some of the largest equine exhibitions in the country, such as the Equine Affaire events held in California, Ohio and Masachussetts each year. These events are educating more and more people every year about the wonderful Fell Pony.