DESCRIPTION OF THE HIGHLAND PONY
The Highland Pony is one of the two native breeds of the
Scottish Highlands and Islands. As a result, it has over many centuries adapted
to the variable and often severe climatic and environmental conditions of
Scotland. The winter coat consists of a layer of strong badger like hair over a
soft dense undercoat, which enables this breed of pony to live out in all
weathers. This coat is shed in the spring to reveal a smooth summer coat. This
essential hardiness is combined with a kindly nature and an even temperament.
- HEIGHT: The height is 13 hh to
14.2 hh (132 - 148 cm).
- HEAD: Well carried and alert
with kindly eye. Broad muzzled with a deep jowl.
- NECK & SHOULDER:
Reasonable length of neck going from wither with a good sloping shoulder
and well placed forearm.
- BODY: Well balanced and
compact with deep chest with plenty of room for heart and lungs, ribs well
- QUARTERS AND HINDLEGS:
Powerful quarters with well developed thigh, strong second thigh and clean
- LEGS: Flat hard bone; broad
knees; short cannon bones, oblique pasterns and well shaped broad dark
hoofs. Feather soft and silky.
- MANE & TAIL: Hair should
be natural flowing and untrimmed with a full tail.
- COLOURS: A range of duns,
mouse, yellow, grey, cream. Also grey, brown, black and occasionally bay
and liver chestnut with silver mane and tail. Many ponies have a dorsal
stripe and some show zebra markings on legs and shoulder. A small star is
acceptable but other white markings are discouraged. Foal coat often changes
and many ponies change colour gradually as they grow older, especially
those with grey hairs interspersed with the original colour. Others show a
slight seasonal change in colour between winter and summer coats. Broken
colours are not allowed.
- N.B. Stallions with white
markings other than a small star are NOT eligible for licensing.
- ACTION: Straight and free
moving without undue knee action.
- CAPABILITIES: A ride, drive
and pack pony and can adapt to many equestrian disciplines.
Show Preparations for In Hand and Ridding Classes
- There should be no pulling or
plaiting or trimming of mane and tail, nor the feather on the legs.
- Eye or other cosmetic make-up
must not be applied under any circumstances.
- The Pony should be shampooed,
or thoroughly groomed to look and feel absolutely clean. Mane and tail
brushed out well with a soft brush.
- Excessive hair under chin
etc., can be discreetly laid with a damp brush before going into the ring.
Hoofs should only be oiled.
- For the pony's welfare, ridden
ponies for winter competitions or hunting may be clipped out, always
giving due regard to the above preparation rules.
- Legs should not be clipped in
- No trimming permitted
- It should also be accepted
that these clipped ponies may be placed somewhat lower if shown In-Hand in
early spring show classes, depending on the In Hand Judge's views.
Recommended Turnout for Handler and Pony In-Hand Classes
- Female - well cut skirt
(tartan or otherwise) or trousers. Showing cane.
- Male - Trousers or kilt with
jacket, shirt and tie. Showing cane. Riding clothes with hard hat also
smart, particularly on children.
- 1. Stallion. Strong stallion
bridle with white lead rope, chain or leather coupling under chin.
Straight bar or snaffle bit or other suitable control bit. Roller with one
side rein, usually on off-side correctly fitted.
- 2. Mares and stock over three
years. Show bridle with brass buckles or good quality brass-mounted
headcollar with snaffle bit attached by bit straps.
White webbing or cotton lead rope. White cotton or webbing halters may
also be used. Youngstock. Show bridle with light straight bar bit (nylon
or vulcanite mouth piece) or white cotton or webbing halter.
- 3. Foals. Leather foal slip
with white webbing lead rope or extra long halter.
Breeches and boots or jodphurs and jodphur boots. Tweed jackets with shirt and
tie. Tweed jackets are preferable to black/navy. Current standard hats to be
worn when mounted. Gloves and cane/whip (NB: Certain ridden classes have rules
on canes and whips).
Immaculate tack. Double bridle, pelham or suitable snaffle bridle on
younger/novice ponies. Well fitting saddle, no martingale
NPS America Highland Breed Representative:
See Links section for listing Highland Pony Societies
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