Lundy Pony

About the Breed

The Lundy Pony is one of the rarest ponies in the United Kingdom and named after Lundy Island. This breed is not native to the island but was developed by the island's last owner, Martin Coles Harman, in 1928.

The breed was developed by crossing 34 New Forest pony mares, 8 Arabian and Connemara foals, and 1 Welsh Mountain B stallion. The Welsh Mountain B stallion lived a year but sired one colt, Pepper. He was the first Lundy Pony and grew up to be an amazing stud stallion. Within two years, the island was covered with Lundy Ponies.

The environment of Lundy Island is harsh so the breed evolved to be hardy (thriving outdoors), independent and very economical to feed and keep. After this rapid development, some ponies were moved to the mainland and breeding continued. In 1984 the first Lundy Pony Breed Society was formed and as a result, their popularity as show ponies grew.

Quick Facts

Height: 13.2 hands

Weight: 800 pounds

Coat Colors: Dun, bay, palomino, roan and liver chestnut

Markings: Standard white markings

Conformation: Strong, compact bodies. They are well-muscled with good bone structure. The head is elegant with a convex profile, large eyes and medium ears. Strong jaws and well-formed cheekbones. Short, strong legs, robust hindquarters and thick mane and tail.

Common Uses: Show pony, riding pony, or companion horse

Temperament: Gentle, friendly, hardworking, patient, and loyal.

Place of Origin: England

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