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The horses of Sable Island

Sable Island is a crescent-shaped island 300km southeast of Nova Scotia, Canada. It acquired its name from the small, pony-sized feral horses who live there. Legend says that the Sable horses stand for the rebirths of sailors who lost their lives on the island as a result of the many shipwrecks. There is no proof as to how they got ...

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The Exmoor Pony

Native to the British Isles, the Exmoor Pony has ancient roots in the area – fossil remains of ponies have been found on Exmoor dating back to about 50,000BC. While the Exmoor is not a direct descendant of these ponies, they bear a striking resemblance to these primitive wild ponies. Historical literature resources put the Pony on the Exmoors in ...

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The Connemara

This ancient Irish breed of mountain and moorland pony has been resident in South Africa since the first imports arrived directly from Ireland in 1965. These were Clonkeehan Barna Boy and Bright Lass. Both were imported by Sydney Press of the Bluehills Riding School near Johannesburg. Christine Walwyn of the nationally known Ashgar Connemara Stud in Clarens, Eastern Free State, ...

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Rare breed: Suffolk Punch

The Suffolk Punch is viewed by enthusiasts as the horse which shaped Britain’s social history. These gentle giants pulled ploughs, cut corn and drew wheat to the mills to feed residents. They have also been used for transport, forestry, in the artillery and more recently in commercials – no doubt a testament to their beauty. The oldest breed of heavy ...

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Breed profile: The Caspian

The Caspian is an ancient breed previously believed to have been extinct for over 1,000 years. He is probably the most direct ancestor of the Oriental breeds and therefore all light horse breeds. The Caspian is extremely rare and was barely pulled back from the edge of extinction in 1965. Louise Firouz, an American living in Iran, is credited with ...

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