Equis ISSN 2398-2977

Fell Pony

Contributor(s): Bob Langrish, Vetstream Ltd


  • Pony.


  • Fell Pony   Fell Pony  .

General information

  • Originated in the Western Pennines, UK.
  • Good trotters.
  • Well-known as pack ponies.
  • Very strong.
  • Good stamina.
  • Hardworkers.
  • Lively.
  • The Fell pony is in Category 4 ('at risk') on the Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST) Rare Breeds Watch List, officially classifying it as a rare breed in the UK, with numbers between 900-1500. This is based on the number of registered breeding females in the UK.
  • Visit the RBST website to view their full Watch List 2014 -  https://www.rbst.org.uk/watchlist-2014.pdf . 


  • Celtic Pony   →    Galloway   →    Friesian   Friesian  .

Principal uses

  • Riding.
  • Pack.
  • Driving.
  • Trekking.


  • Registered.

Biologic Data

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Further Reading


Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Scholes S F, Holliman A, May P D & Holmes M A (1998) A syndrome of anemia, immunodeficiency and peripheral ganglionopathy in Fell pony foals. Vet Rec 142 (6), 128-134 PubMed.

Other sources of information

  • Hendricks B L (1995) International Encyclopedia of Horse Breeds. University of Oklahoma Press. ISBN 8-8061-2753-8.
  • Ball C (1994) Horse and Pony Breeds. Quintet Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1-85076-500-6.
  • Hartley Edwards E (1994) The Encyclopedia of the Horse. Dorling Kindersley. ISBN 1-7513-011-59.


  • Fell Pony Society, 19 Dragley Beck, Ulverston, Cumbria LA12 0HD, UK.
  • British Horse Society, British Equestrian Center, Stoneleigh, Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 2LR, UK.