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Carpathian Pony

Country of Origin: Romania

Carpathian Pony

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Also called the Hucul, Huculska, Hutsul, Huzul, Gutsul, Guculs & Guzuls, the Carpathian pony is a traditional Carpathian breed which is often referred to as the ancient one and comes from a region of eastern Carpathians that is now Romania.

Carpathian Pony

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These animals are named for a small group called the Hutsuls, although the horse breed is older than the people.

In 1856 the first stud farm was established in Romania and animals were carefully bred to preserve the pure bloodlines. Then in 1922 33 animals were sent to Czechoslovakia to establish a herd there as well.

Much later in the early 1970’s the breeders founded an organization the Hucul Club to prevent a looming extinction and declining numbers. In 1982 a studbook was finally established with 50 pureblood animals. By 1994 the Hucul International Federation had been formed & today the breeds numbers are again on the rise.


Average height 13.4 – 14.1 hands
Heavily built
Possess great endurance & hardiness


Head is short
Neck is short
Chest is broad
Body is compact & “boxy”
Legs are short
Feet are sound
Coat is thick & coarse

Traditional Colors

Generally display the primitive characteristics of the dun gene
black | chestnut | bay


Calm with a good disposition

Carpathian Pony

Image from Jitka


Hacking & pulling timber

Carpathian Pony Products

Helpful Links

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Hucul Club

Where to Buy

Eco-Frontiers Ranch


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