Connemara Pony

Characteristics / Versatility

Kilduffahoo II

Characteristics Connemara Pony

Connemara Ponies are strong and sturdy with a short back and sloped, muscular
croup. The hindquarters are powerful. The shoulder is sloped and long. Their legs
have short, strong cannons and hard feet and a good stride length.

The breed has a fine head with small ears and usually a slightly dished profile set
on a well-arched neck. The Connemara is considered hardy and agile, with good
jumping ability. The Connemara has a lively but eager and trainable temperament,
tends to be long-lived and is described as intelligent. They are hardy and are excellent
mounts for children. The Connemara is best known today as a sports pony.

Ridden by both children and adults, it is considered to be a very versatile pony breed,
competitive in show jumping, dressage and also with the stamina for endurance riding.
They are also shown in harness and make excellent show ponies.



Kilduffahoo II

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Description of the Connemara Pony

Race: Connemara Pony
Origin: Ireland
Height: The height is normally 128 cms to 148 cms at maturity
Colours: Grey, black, brown, dun with occasional roan, chestnut and palomino
Description:Head: Well-balanced pony head of medium length with good width
  between large kindly eyes. Pony ears, well- defined cheekbone jaw
 relatively deep but not coarse
 Front: Head well-set onto neck. Crest should not be over- developed.
  Neck not set on too low. Good length of rein. Well-defined withers,
  good sloping shoulder
 Body: Body should be deep, with strong back, some length permissible
  but should be well-ribbed up and with strong loins
 Limbs: Good length and strength in forearm, well-defined knees and
 short cannons, with flat bone measuring 18 cms to 21 cms. Elbows should
 be free. Pasterns of medium length, feet well shaped, of medium size,
 hard and level

Hind Quarters:
Strong and muscular with some length, well-developed second thighs
(gaskin) and strong low-set hocks

Movement:
Movement free easy and true, without undue knee action, but active
and covering the ground

Characteristics:
Good temperament, hardiness, staying power, intelligence, soundness, surefootedness,
jumping ability, suitable for child or an adult