Newfoundland Pony: The ancestors of the newfoundland were brought to the island in the 17th century by english settlers from the British Isles. They were predominantly Exmoor but also included the Welsh and new forest pony.
Isolated on the Island, these various British native breeds interbred for several centuries, and the hardiest of the ponies developed into one common type, which is now recognized as the Newfoundland.
More than 12,000 of these tough little ponies were once known to roam Newfoundland, they were a necessity for rural family life, however increased modernization has made the pony obsolete.
In 1979, with less than 100 ponies then in existence, the Newfoundland Pony Society was formed. That number has now increased and the current pony population totals around 400 animals, due to an ongoing effort on the part of concerned individuals from across Canada. However, the pony continues to be identified as a critically endangered species by Rare Breeds Canada.
Today, the Newfoundland is used for riding, driving and light draft work. They make exceptional mounts for children and adults. The pony has an excellent temperament, generally hard workers and easy keepers, making them a great choice as a family pony. Their height can vary from 11.0 to 14.2 hands and most common coat colors can be found, however pintos are not accepted.
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