Breeds N


New Forest Pony 


  • Origins: One of the original eight mountain and moorland native British ponies.  Its origin is uncertain but during the reign of Canute in 1016, mention was made of "wild horses living in the forest which is in Hampshire" in southern England.  Foreign blood has been introduced from time to time, most notably when Queen Victoria lent her Arab stallion Zora which ran in the forest for 8 years between 1852 and 1860.
  • Height:   12 - 14 hh (120 140cms)
  • Colour:   Bay and Brown most usual, but all colours are acceptable except piebald and skewbald.
  • Features:  Very hardy and surefooted.  Has been used in most equestrian sports, including driving, and has even been raced.




  • Origins:  Kirghiztan. Derived from Mongolian stock which was improved in the mid-20th century by crossbreeding with Thoroughbreds and Dons, and officially recognised as a breed in 1954 
  • Height:   14.3 - 15.2 hh (148 155cms)
  • Colour: Normally Chestnut or Bay
  • Features:  A general-purpose horse used for saddle, harness and pack-work in the mountains.  Mares are milked to produce 'kumis', a fermented milk drink,




  • Origins: African horse with strong Arabian influence.
  • Height:  Around 15 hh (150cms)
  • Colour:  predominantly Bay.
  • Features:  Presently used for tourist trekking operations.


Breeds O




  • Origins:   Northwest Germany.  Has been improved by additions of Thoroughbred and French blood
  • Height: 16.1 - 17.2 hh (163 175cms)
  • Colour:  Bay, Brown and Black
  • Features: Many characteristics of the cold blood horse, but not a particularly hardy type, and may lack endurance.


Orlov Trotter


  • Origins: Russia.  A famous breed of Russian trotters, originated in 1777 by Count Alexius Gregorievich Orlov and obtained by him through crossing English Thoroughbred, Arab, Dutch, Danish and Mecklenburgs. 
  • Height: 16 - 17 hh (160 170cms)
  • Colour: Grey, Black and Bay
  • Features: A very handsome horse with athletic action and sound conformation


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