Connemara Pony


Breed Standard

Height – Normally 128cms to 148cms at maturity

Type – Compact well balanced riding type with depth, substance and good heart room – Standing on short legs covering a lot of ground

Colour & Markings – Grey, black, bay, brown, dun with occasional roan, chestnut & palomino and cream

Head – Well balanced pony head of medium length with good width between large kindly eyes, pony ears, well defined cheekbone – Jaw relatively deep but not coarse

Front – Head well set on to neck – Chest should not be over-developed – Neck not set on too low. Good length of rein. Well defined withers, good sloping shoulder

Body – Body should be deep, with strong back, some length permissible but should be well ribbed up an with strong loins

Hindquarters – Strong and muscular with some length, well developed second thighs (gaskin) and strong low set hocks

Limbs – Good length and strength in the forearm, well defined knees and short cannons, with flat bone measuring 18 – 21cms – Elbow should be free – Pasterns of medium length, feet well shaped, of medium size, hard and level

Action – Movement free, easy and true, without undue knee action, but covering the ground

General Character – Good temperament, hardiness, staying power, intelligence, soundness, surefootedness, jumping ability, suitable for child or adult