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The Connemara Pony is the only native Irish breed of Equine. The Pony originates from Connemara, County Galway on the western seaboard of Ireland, and this is the area from which the pony takes its name.
It is the ruggedness of this environment which has developed many of the Connemara pony prized qualities, i.e. hardiness, agility, intelligence and extraordinary jumping ability.
Connemara ponies County Galway Ireland
The history of the breed dates back to the arrival of the Celts in the fourth century B.C., when Celtic ponies were used to draw war chariots and raced in Ireland.

Today's description of the Connemara Pony is as Follows :

Head: Well-balanced pony head of medium length with good width between large kindly eyes. Pony ears, well-defined cheekbone jaw relatively deep but not coarse.

Front: Head well-set onto neck. Crest should not be over-developed. Neck not set on too low. Good length of rein. Well-defined withers, good sloping shoulders.

Body: Body should be deep, with strong back, some length permissible but should be well-ribbed up and with strong loins.

Limbs: Good length and strength in forearm, well-defined knees and short cannons, with flat bone measuring 18 cms. to 21 cms. Elbows should be free. Pasterns of medium length, feet well shaped, of medium size, hard and level.

Hind Quarters: Strong and muscular with some length, well developed second thighs (Gaskin) and strong lowset hocks.

Movement: Movement free easy and true, without undue knee action, but active and covering the ground.

Good temperament, hardiness, staying power, intelligence, soundness, sure footedness, jumping ability, suitable for child or adult.

Height: The height of the breeding Connemara pony is normally 128 cms. to 148 cms.

Colours: Grey, black, bay, brown, dun with occasional roan and chestnut, palamino and dark eyed creams.

Type: Compact, well-balanced riding type with good depth and substance and good heart room, standing on short legs; covering a lot of ground.

Carna Dun one of the most famous Connemara Ponies

Carna Dun
Carna Dun (left) is one of the most famed Connemara ponies. His influence on the Connemara pony breed was a profound pedigree and lasting one. He was on the Society stallion list from 1951 until 1966 but he remained in the district and available to mare owners for a further seven years. In the 1960's the Clifden show ring winners were dominated by his progeny and for this reason he became a very popular sire.

He endowed his young stock with the extra quality, freedom of action and presence, which was required as the breed moved on from the traditional work pony to the all purpose popular riding pony of the 70's and 80's.



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