Equis ISSN 2398-2977

Dales Pony

Contributor(s): Bob Langrish, Vetstream Ltd


  • Pony.


  • Dales Pony   Dales Pony  .

General information

  • Closely related to the Fell Pony   Fell Pony  , but larger and heavier.
  • Originates on the Eastern side of the Pennines, in North Yorkshire, Durham and Northumberland.
  • Strong with good courage and stamina.
  • Hardworking.
  • Surefooted with a fast walk and a good jump.
  • Sensible.
  • Calm temperament.
  • Distinctive action.
  • Good conformation.
  • The Dales pony is in Category 2 ('endangered') on the Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST) Rare Breeds Watch List, officially classifying it as a rare breed in the UK, with numbers between 300-500. 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    →   Friesian   Friesian    →   Galloway    →   Welsh Cob.

Principal uses

  • Riding.
  • Harness.
  • Trekking.
  • Farming work.


  • Registered.

Biologic Data

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Further Reading


Refereed papers

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.


  • Dales Pony Society, 196 Springvale Road, Walkley, Sheffield S6 3NU, UK.
  • British Horse Society, British Equestrian Center, Stoneleigh, Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 2LR, UK.