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Highland Ponies

This year, we are thrilled to welcome back Glenfiddich, the Highland Pony, with his loving human family, Deb and Bob Coburn.

About the Highland Pony:

The Highland Pony is native to the Scottish Highlands and its Western Isles. It’s the largest of the British Native Ponies, also known as the “Mountain and Moorland” breeds. The Highland is a strong, well-balanced pony with all its features in proportion to its height. Their height range is 13 to 14.2 hands, and being the heaviest of the Native Pony Breeds, it should show substance and strength in all its proportions.

The Highland Pony’s winter coat is a “badger-like” double coat that enables the ponies to survive harsh wet winters of the Scottish Highlands with no shelter. The long mane and tail, fuzzy ears, and leg feathers protect them from the ice and wind in the winter and the insects in the summer.

Highlands are most commonly gray or dun. The duns include a range of mouse, yellow and cream and include a dorsal or eel stripe down the back, and zebra striping on the legs. These primitive markings leave little doubt that today’s Highland descends from the primitive wild horses of Scotland. Highlands can also be black, bay, brown and occasionally a liver or chocolate color with silver manes and tails. White markings are unusual and not part of the breed standard. The ponies are very hardy, often fending for themselves and survive on minimal food.

Throughout its history, the Highland Pony had to be a hardy and versatile breed. It has been an essential part of agriculture life in the Highlands for hundreds of years, being not only used for transporting people and game, but also shepherding, cattle droving, logging and working the land. They might plow the fields by day and then carry the family to church on Sunday. The ponies were also used as mounts for raiders, warring clans and kings, and even for smuggling famed Scottish whiskey. Even today they are used as the deer stalkers pony to carry the stag out of the hills because of their placid temperaments and intelligence, weight bearing ability and sure footedness. In Scotland and northern England they are used for Pony trekking, because of their great temperaments and sure footedness.

The modern Highland is used today in many equine disciplines. These include Pony Club, Cross Country, Long Distance Riding, Mountain and Moorland Working Hunter, Dressage, Driving and Western Riding.

The Highland Pony is a fun and steady companion. They are a willing, sensible, and docile breed, with a lot of personality.

Please visit the Highland Pony Enthusiastic Clubs web site for more information.