17 Jul Week Three – Ponies
The first ponies can be tracked back to the beginning of the 1700’s and were mainly used for pulling carts in coal mines in Northern Europe and England.
In the last 350 years, they have endured selective inbreeding and genetic alterations to possess certain characteristics and size. Now there are a wide variety of different pony breeds such as the Shetland, Exmoor, Dartmoor and the Welsh Cob.
Today they are commonly kept for pets but are also bred for horse shows, riding schools, fairs, carnivals or petting zoos.