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Exmoor Pony
Characteristics
Scientific Name:
Equus caballus
Family Name:
Equidae
Origin or Range:
England
Size:
usually stand between 11.2 and 12.3 hands high.
Weight:
unknown
Compatibility:
uncertain
 
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Exmoor Pony

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Exmoor Pony Description
  The Exmoor is one of the oldest, purist native British breeds. It is a sturdy, versatile breed and although it has an independent nature, they love children and make an ideal pony for children or people with disabilities. The Exmoor pony is a hard worker, intelligent, and curious. They are often used for hearding livestock on the moors. They are also quite capable of successful performances in jumping, driving, dressage, and long distance competitions. Even though they are quite small, they are able to carry quite a bit of weight. Because of its environment in which it lives, the Exmoor Pony has acquired serveral features unique to this breed. Among these are the "hooded-eye", a heavy upper brow that protects the eyes from inclement weather, and the "snow-chute", which is a group of short hairs at the top of the tail that allows ice and rain to slough off. The snow-chute is shed every summer and re-grown in the winter. Its coat is always either brown or bay with cream-colored markings aroung the eyes. In the summer, its coat is sleek and shiny, but in the winter, it grow a double-coat that keeps it warm and waterproof. They have broad foreheads, large eyes, and small ears. Its legs are short and the hooves are hard and well-shaped.  
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