The Newfoundland Pony is a breed of Canadian origin. It has a small, compact and muscular body with a good bone structure. The head and ears are small while the eyes are large and expressive. Newfoundland Ponies have short, thick necks and short, flat backs. The legs and hindquarters are powerful and muscular and the tail is set low. Newfoundland Ponies have developed thick winter coats, as a result of the cold Canadian climate.
11 and 14.2 hands. Weight 400 - 800 pounds.
The most common color is brown, although they also come in black, gray and other solid colors. The mane, tail and lower legs are usually dark. It is not uncommon for many individuals to undergo color changes from one season to the next.
The Newfoundland Pony is a good tempered, sensible animal. It is brave, loyal and obedient, willing to learn and a hard worker. It also possesses great strength and endurance.
In the past, Newfoundland Ponies were widely used for general agricultural work and in carriages. Nowadays, they are mainly used for light draft work, driving and riding. They are gentle and are suitable mounts for adults and children alike.
They can survive on modest food supply and have no problem staying outside during the winter, as they are protected by their thick coats.
The breed, as its name suggests, a native of Newfoundland, Canada. Its ancestors came from the British Isles and include, among others, Connemara, Highland and New Forest ponies. Over the years, the hardiest of these ponies, the ones that managed to survive the harsh Canadian weather, were the ones that set the foundations for the Newfoundland Pony breed. Early on in their history these ponies were multi purpose animals, essential to families and farmers. With the onset of mechanization, they became redundant. This led them to become almost extinct. In 1980, the Newfoundland Society was formed, in order to protect the breed and coordinate efforts to restore its numbers.
The Newfoundland Pony breed is currently endangered as it counts approximately 400 individuals. In Newfoundland, it has been recognized as a Heritage Animal. The breed's average lifespan is 25-30 years.