DESCRIPTION OF THE FELL PONY
- HEIGHT: Not exceeding 14 hands
- COLOUR: Black, Brown, Bay or
Grey. Chestnuts, piebalds and skewbalds are debarred. A star and/or a
little white on or below the hind fetlock is acceptable. An excess of
white markings is discouraged, but such ponies are eligible for
- HEAD: Small, well chiseled in
outline, well set on, forehead broad, tapering to nose.
- NOSTRILS: Large and expanding.
- EYES: Prominent, bright, mild
- EARS: Neatly set, well formed
- THROAT AND JAWS: Fine, showing
no signs of throatiness or coarseness.
- NECK: Of proportionate length,
giving good length of rein, strong and not too heavy, moderate crest in
case of stallion.
- SHOULDERS: Most important,
well laid back and sloping, not too fine at withers, nor loaded at the
points - a good long shoulder blade, muscles well developed.
- CARCASE: Good strong back of
outline, muscular loins, deep carcase, thick through heart, round ribbed
from shoulders to flank, short and well coupled, hind quarters square and
strong with tail well set on.
- FEET, LEGS AND JOINTS: Feet of
good size, round and well formed, open at heels with the characteristic
blue horn, fair sloping pasterns not too long, forelegs should be
straight, well placed not tied at the elbows, big well-formed knees, short
cannon bone, plenty of good flat bone below knee (eight inches at least),
great muscularity of arm.
- HIND LEGS: Good thighs and
second thighs, very muscular, hocks well let down and clean cut, plenty of
bone below joint, hocks should not be sickle nor cow-hocked.
- MANE, TAIL AND FEATHERS:
Plenty of fine hair at heels (coarse hair objectionable) all the fine hair
except that at the point of heel may be cast in summer. Mane and tail are
left to grow long.
- ACTION: Walk, smart and true.
Trot well-balanced all round with good knee and hock action, going well
from the shoulder and flexing the hocks, not going too wide nor near
behind. Should show great pace and endurance, bringing the hind legs well
under the body when going.
GENERAL CHARACTER: The Fell pony should be constitutionally
as hard as iron and show good pony characteristics with the unmistakable
appearance of hardiness peculiar to mountain ponies, and at the same time, have
a lively and alert appearance and great bone.
- Ponies must be shown unplaited
and untrimmed, including head, mane, feather and tail, which should not
have been previously plaited as the hair should be straight and silky.
- Eye make-up and hair dying is
- Clipping of winter coats on
working ponies whilst not encouraged, for showing, is not debarred.
- Ponies will not be penalised
if they have been freeze-branded.
- Brood mares with foals at foot
will be eligible for entry in-hand. Foals may accompany mares into the
ring but must be haltered and under control of a competent handler.
- Ponies may be shown shod or
- White rope or webbing halters
may be used to show youngstock. Brood-mares, geld mares and geldings may
also be shown in rope or webbing halters or in a bridle. Yearlings may not
be shown bitted.
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