DESCRIPTION OF THE
- HEIGHT: Not exceeding
- COLOUR: Bay, Black, Brown,
Chestnut, Grey and Roan. Piebalds and Skewbalds are not allowed. Excessive
white markings should be discouraged.
- HEAD AND NECK: The head should
be small with large kindly eyes and small alert ears. It should be well
set on a good neck of medium length. The throat and jaws should be fine
and showing no signs of coarseness or throatiness. Stallions to have a
- SHOULDERS: Good shoulders are
most important. They should be well laid back and sloping but not too fine
at the withers.
- BODY: Of medium length and
strong, well ribbed up and with a good depth of girth, giving plenty of
- LOIN AND HINDQUARTERS: Strong
and well covered with muscle. The hind quarters should be of medium length
and neither level nor steeply sloping. The tail should be well set up.
- LIMBS: The hocks should be
well let down with plenty of length from hip to hock, clean cut and with
plenty of bone below the hock. They should have a strong second thigh.
They should not be ‘sickled’ or ‘cowhocked’.
- The fore legs should not be
tied in at the elbows. The fore-arm should be muscular and relatively long
and the knee fairly large and flat on the front.
- The cannons should be short
with ample good, flat, flinty bone. The pasterns should be sloping but not
too long. The feet should be hard and well shaped.
- MOVEMENT: Low and straight coming
from the shoulder with good hock action but without exaggeration.
- GENERAL: The mane and tail
should be full and flowing. The Dartmoor is a very good looking riding
pony, sturdily built yet with quality.
- Ponies in Mixed Mountain and
Moorland or Dartmoor classes must be shown unplaited.
- Ponies should be shown in a
clean but natural state with full mane and tail.
3. Long hairs under
the jaw and those protruding from the ears may be trimmed.
- Whiskers must not be trimmed.
- The tail may be trimmed at the
bottom if excessively long.
- No dye or make-up may be used
and no false tails.
- Ridden/Driven ponies may be
clipped in the interest of welfare but not their legs.
- False quarter marks are not
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