Lundy Pony




Lundy Pony photo
Photograph by Nick Stenning. Some rights reserved.




FACTS

Description
The Lundy Pony is a breed of English origin. These ponies have strong, compact bodies, well muscled and with a good bone structure. The head is elegant with a somewhat convex profile, large eyes and medium sized ears. Lundies have strong jaws and well formed cheekbones. The back is strong and compact, the shoulders muscular and the chest wide and deep. Lundy ponies have short, strong legs, robust hindquarters and thick mane and tail.

Size
Grows to about 13.2 hands

Colours
Lundy ponies come in many colors. The most common are bay, dun, liver chestnut, palomino and roan.

Temperament
They are gentle natured and friendly animals. They are strong, hardworking and, like most pony breeds, patient and loyal.

Suitable for
Lundy ponies are often used in shows. Their docile and friendly nature makes them excellent rides for children, among which they are extremely popular.

Care
The breed was developed in harsh environmental conditions, therefore it has evolved to be hardy, independent and very economical to feed and keep. Ponies in general can thrive on a more inexpensive diet than most horse breeds. Lundy ponies are accustomed to pasture life and they can thrive outdoors, no matter the weather. If you keep your Lundy indoors, make sure to provide it with daily outdoors access.

History
The breed was developed in 1928, on Lundy island in England. Martin Coles Harman, crossed New Forest, Arabian, Connemara and Welsh Mountain breeds, and the result was the Lundy pony. The Lundy herd on the island was moved to mainland England in 1980. There the breeding continued and in 1984 the first Lundy Pony Breed Society was formed. After the society was formed, some Lundy ponies have returned to their place of origin in order to start a new herd there.

Breeding
Although contemporary Lundy ponies are being taken care of much better than their predecessors on Lundy island (e.g. they are fed higher quality food, are kept safe from adverse weather etc.), they do not appear to grow any larger than older Lundy generations. On average, they live 25-30 years.