In Scotland, a garron is one of the types of Highland pony. It is the larger, heavier type bred on the mainland. The Isles' type of pony is generally smaller and slightly finer, but still within the breed standard. There is less difference today than there once was between these two types.
The word garron has also been used to describe a Highland cross of a Clydesdale horse with ponies. It was used in farming, especially in the Highlands and Islands where a full-sized Clydesdale would not have been as economical. These horses were valued for their hardiness and ability to work on slopes.
Mentions in literature
Garrons are also mentioned a number of times in George R. R. Martin's fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire. There, garrons are used in cold, mountainous areas, generally to the North near the Wall.
The word is used by R. S. Surtees in the first chapter of Jorrocks′ Jaunts and Jollities.
- Garron, Dictionary,com
- Ewart, J Cossar (1904). "The Multiple Origin of Horses and Ponies". Transactions of the Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland. XVI (1799): 266–267. Bibcode:1904Natur..69..590.. doi:10.1038/069590a0.
- Topham, John. A Highland Garron horse ploughing at Coubal, Shetland (accessed 2014-10-15)
- Martin, George R. R. (2000). A Storm of Swords. Bantam Spectra. p. 202. ISBN 0-553-57342-X.