DESCRIPTION OF THE
- HEIGHT: Normally 128 cm to 148
cm at maturity.
- COLOURS: Grey, black, bay,
brown, dun with occasional roan, chestnut, palomino and dark eyed cream.
- TYPE: Compact, well balanced
riding type with depth, substance and good heart room. Standing on short
legs covering a lot of ground.
- HEAD: Well-balanced pony head
of medium length with good width between large kindly eyes. Pony ears,
well-defined cheekbone, jaw relatively deep but not coarse.
- FRONT: Head well set on to
neck. Crest should not be over-developed. Neck not set on too low. Well
laid-back shoulder giving a good length of rein.
- BODY: Body should be deep,
with strong back, some length permissible but should be well ribbed up and
with strong loins.
- LIMBS: Good length and
strength in forearm, well-defined knees and short cannons with flat bone
measuring 18-21 cm. Elbows should be free. Pasterns of medium length,
feet well shaped of medium size, hard and level.
- HIND QTRS: Strong and muscular
with some length, well developed second thighs, (gaskin) and strong
- MOVEMENT: Movement free, easy
and true, without undue knee action but active and covering the ground.
Good temperament, hardiness and staying power, intelligence, soundness,
surefootedness, jumping ability, suitable for child or adult.
Connemara ponies should be shown in as natural a state as possible and the
following rules should be observed.
- ponies should be shown unplaited. However, very thick manes may be
discreetly thinned but should look as natural as possible.
- should look natural and should not but pulled but may be squared off at
- Ears may be trimmed flat (no trimming inside of the ears). Light
trimming of long hairs in jawline is permitted. Whiskers should not be
- No trimming of feather on legs or trimming into heels.
- No false hair, artificial
coloring or make-up should be used.
- Ridden ponies ONLY may be
clipped in the interest of welfare. Legs should not be clipped. Under no
circumstances should foals be clipped.
- The Society does not object to
ponies being freeze branded. This should not be detrimental to animals in
the show ring and should be encouraged.
NPS America, Connemara Breed Representative:
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