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Highland Pony

Country of Origin: Scotland

Highland Pony


The Highland Pony is an ancient breed whose hardy constitution has been formed over centuries by the incredibly harsh conditions found in the Scottish highlands and Isles. Due to the rocky climate these ponies are incredibly sure footed and can not be convinced to step on ground they believe to be unable to hold their weight.

Highland Pony

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This Pony has been native to Scotland since before the Ice Age and the breed originally came in two distinct varieties: the Scottish Mainland & the Western Island which was lighter and smaller of the two.

Known for centuries by farmers for their handiness in difficult terrain and for war as they were easy to keep and virtually indestructible. More recently the Highland breed became known for trekking & trail riding, with their inherent sure-footedness & docile nature. Today there is a wide variety of Highland types an that is reflected in the array of different ways they are used. Breeding records have been kept since 1896 and the Highland Pony Society was founded in 1923.


Average height 12.1 – 14.2 hands


Head is attractive & well carried
Eyes are bright & kind
Neck is medium in length
Chest is deep
Hindquarters are powerful & well-developed
Legs have broad knees and silky feathering
Feet are well-shaped & broad
Mane & tail are full and long

Traditional Colors

chestnut | grey | bay generally with a dun dilution and primitive markings.


Docile & calm

Highland Pony

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Riding pony
Light agriculture
Cattle pony
Show pony
Harness work

Highland Pony Products

Helpful Links

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Highland Pony Society
The Scottish Highland Pony Society of North America
Central Scotland Highland Pony Club
Highland Pony Enthusiasts
Highland Pony Enthusiasts Club of America
Highland Pony Society of Australia

Where to Buy

Lone Tree Farm
Talisker Highland Ponies
Brownbread Highland Ponies
McClellan Highland Ponies

Highland Pony Studs

Achnacarry & Craigiebrig Highland Pony Stud
Trailtrow Highland Ponies
Fleetmead Highland Pony Stud


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