Dulmen Pony




Dulmen Pony photo
Dulmen pony, the only native pony breed in Germany
Photograph by Maschinenjunge. Some rights reserved.




FACTS

Description
The Dulmen Pony is the only pony breed that is native to Germany. This is also called the Duelmener wild horse, though this horse is not really a wild horse. The German province of Westphalia was actually home to various typed of wild horses; the Dulmen ponies are the only horses that have survived till date.

The average height of the horses in the Dulmen pony breed ranges from 12 to 13 hands. The hindquarters of this breed of horses are not well formed. They have a primitive look. The neck is short. They have characteristics that are similar to that of the Polish Konik breed. Usually the mares of this breed are not given away to people. It is only the stallions and the yearlings of the breed that are made available to people.

Size
12 - 13 hands

Colours
The horses of the Dulmen pony breed can have any coat color. The most common coat color is dun. The other common coat colors are black, chestnut or brown. Some of them also have white markings on their body which is permissible for the breed.

Suitable for
These horses are generally used as pleasure mounts for children since they are small horses. These horses are also used for agricultural work. They also are used for driving in harness.

History
The Dulmen ponies are considered to be the inhabitants of the Dulmen region in Germany right from the 1300s. The horses of this breed led a feral life until the later part of the 19th century. They lived as herds of wild horses in the Westphalia region. In the 1900s, the Westphalia region was divided into two parts which led to the loss of habitat for these wild ponies. The Duke of Croy owns the only wild herd that is in existence today. In fact, it is this Duke who helped preserve this herd until the mid part of the 18th century.

Even to this day, a lot of horses grow in the wild environment which can be pretty harsh. Hence, it is only toughest horses of the breed that survive. This ensures that the horses that manage to survive have good endurance capabilities and hence they develop resistance to disease. The yearling colts of the herds are captured once each year and they are sold at auctions to the public. The mares are let go along with stallions in order to promote the breed.