Faroe pony

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Faroe pony
Faroe ponies
Alternative names Faeroes pony, Faroese horse, Faeroe Island Horse, Føroyski Hesturin (Faroese)
Country of origin Faroe Islands
Equus ferus caballus

The Faroe pony, Faeroes pony, or Faroese horse,[1] (føroyska rossið in Faroese) is a small pony, its height is between 11.1 to 12.1 hands (45 to 49 inches, 114 to 124 cm). Technically a pony due to its height, people on the Faroe Islands call it a horse because of its strength. The Faroe pony is only to be seen on the Faroe Islands and therefore is little known in other countries.


The colors of the pony are mainly brown, chestnut and black. It is known to be very hardy, friendly, adaptable and sure-footed pony with three gaits including the tölt, an ambling gait which it shares with the Icelandic horses.[2]


The pony was used in the old days to carry or haul heavy loads at the farms and when it wasn't at work, it was released onto the mountains where it roamed free. Today it is mostly used as a riding horse for children.

Faroe horses are an iconic image of the Faroe Islands

The Faroe pony has been on the Faroe Islands for many hundreds of years. By the 1960s there were approximately five or six horses left on the Faroe Islands because of the extensive exporting of horses from the Faroes for use in mining (as pit ponies) in the United Kingdom. With huge efforts, the number has now increased to about 50 horses and the aim is to maintain and develop it further.

The Faroe pony has since been recognised as a unique breed.

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  1. ^ Faeroes Pony Retrieved on 21-3-2009
  2. ^ Harris, Susan E. Horse Gaits, Balance and Movement New York: Howell Book House 1993 ISBN 0-87605-955-8 pp. 50–55

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