|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, (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.
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.
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.
- Norwegian Fjord horse
- Norwegian Nordlandshest/Lyngshest
- Icelandic horse
- Faroe Islands domestic animals
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- Information on Faroese pony
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- Department of Animal Science at Oklahoma State University