The Sardinian pony comes from the island of Sardinia in Italy where there have been horses for century so their origins are essentially unknown.
There are theories however and they are thought to come from Arabian and North African Horses which were later infused with Andalusian blood in the late 15th – early 16th centuries. However by the early 18th century horse breeding in the area declined.
The Sardinian is a feral pony that lives on a plateau about 2,000 feet above sea level in a rather hostile & unforgiving climate.
Average height 12 – 12.2 hands
Head is wedge shaped with a straight or slightly convex profile
Eyes are large & expressive
Ears are small & pointed inwards
Neck is medium in length, muscular & arched
Shoulder is muscular & sloped
Back is short & can be hollow
Chest is deep & wide
Legs are slender with strong joints
Hooves are small & sound
Kind and willing