You have to look twice here - in fact, the chic Connemara bears a strong resemblance to the fiery horses of Spain. That's why this lovely terminal pony is often referred to as the "Little Andalusian". This is no coincidence. You will be amazed, because there are many informative details to discover about this breed.
In its historical origins you will find interesting evidence of various matings.
In any case, the result is a riding pony that can be seen and is highly esteemed by many because of its outstanding qualities.
The beautiful Connemara Pony originated fundamentally from the primitive ponies of the islands belonging to England. As with many other horse breeds, these ancestors were frugal, cold-resistant and robust animals. In other words, a Nordic type of horse.
With the initial migrations of mankind, the first Iberian horses arrived on these islands about 6000 years ago. The network was later expanded by Celts who settled in England and western Ireland. There was not only trade in goods. Horses came and went. So more and more Iberian blood came to Ireland and also into horse breeding.
Even thoroughbreds still had an influence on breeding.
This constant change produced a pony that was different from the other horse breeds of England and even from the whole of Northern Europe. The Connemara pony with "pious fire" as Connemara breeders affectionately like to say was created.
The noble riding pony takes its name from its area of origin near the Connemara National Park. This lies to the west of Loughs Corrib and Mask. It borders Galway Bay in the south and the Atlantic Ocean in the west. A wild land with bogs, lakes and mountains and rather hard grass. The Connemara fed on this sparse growth and developed into a tough little horse with an agile, healthy body and alert character.
The Connemara Pony was strongly influenced by the stallions Golden Glam and Rebel.
However, the exceptional stallion Cannon Ball by a local mare (Dynamite) was the first to be entered in the stud book. The traditional Irish wake was even held in his honour on the day of his death. He was not buried in his pasture until dawn.
Later, it was Thoroughbreds, Welsh and Irish Draughts stallions that influenced further breeding results.
In 1923, the Connemara Pony Breeders`Society was founded. In 1963 the stud book was closed and only selected animals with registered ancestors were entered in the paper.
In the sixties the first ponies "discovered" Germany. In the meantime, further breeding associations can be found even in the USA, Australia, Sweden, Denmark, Holland and France.
It is quite clear that this is a stocky and solidly built pony. As explained above, this beautiful leisure pony bears a strong resemblance to the popular, graceful Iberians.
Standing in rectangular format, this little horse has a medium sized head with large, expressive eyes. Ears in harmony with the head and ideal for bridling go into a neck that is quite long for a pony, well muscled and nicely arched. Long, strong shoulders, a strong back and a well proportioned croup also testify to a harmonious topline.
Well positioned hocks and a full hindquarters provide thrust and enormous jumping power. Hard joints on the legs, a stable girth of 18 - 21 cm and very good hooves round off the whole power package. In terms of size, the Irish pony counts as a terminal pony with up to 1.47 cm. Thanks to this size and the firm tubular legs, lighter adults as well as children can enjoy the ride.
Mane and tail are dense and of beautiful growth. The coat colours are mainly grey, black and brown. Occasionally there are spiked coats and foxes. Today, popular trend coat colours (due to the existing cream gene) are lightened tones such as dun.
Character and use
The Connemara Pony seeks closeness to humans, is courageous, light-footed and full of energy. This calm animal with a strong character is easy to handle and proves to be a great leisure partner for the whole family. A very chic, full-size pony with which both mother and daughter can experience the joys of riding.
In addition, this noble little horse has excellent jumping ability and remarkable surefootedness. All in all, she is predestined for more demanding tasks in the show jumping ring, in the dressage arena, on rough terrain outdoors, in therapy or in front of the carriage.
Clearly a versatile leisure pony with upward potential and truly a terminal pony with chic and charm.
With so many positive characteristics, one really wants to have this compact, pretty movement wonder, doesn't one? In any case, it is one of the all-rounders among the horse breeds that not only inspire with their beautiful coat colours.
The friendly pony does not make any great demands. On the contrary, it is frugal and made for social open stabling with lots of contact with nature, wind and weather. As with many small horses, it is important to feed the pony according to its type. Too much "agricultural" pasture or too rich feed can harm the animals. Considering their origin, it is easy to see why. If you take this to heart, you will have a reliable, long-lasting partner at your side.
Animalon's brushing recommendation for the Connemara Pony:
We recommend our Care Flex root brush with natural bristles for this robust horse breed. This will even turn your open stable piggy into a handsome little horse again.
Our Natural bristle hoof brush is also an absolute must-have in your grooming kit as a Connemara pony owner. It not only ensures a clean hoof with its natural bristles, but is also a real secret weapon against stupid dung stains ... just the right thing for this "mouldy" horse breed.