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Mountain and Moorland Showing > The Exmoor Pony




Breed Standard

Height - Stallions & Geldings - Preferred height range 11.2hh to 12.3hh

Colour & Markings - Bay, brown or dun with black points; mealy colour on muzzle, around eyes and inside flanks. No white markings anywhere

Head & Neck - Ears short, thick & pointed; clean cut face; wide forehead. Eyes large, wide apart and prominent ("toad" eyes). Wide nostrils, mealy muzzle, clean throat and good length of rein

Shoulders - Clean, fine at top and well laid back

Chest - Deep and wide between and behind forelegs. Ribs long, deep, well sprung and wide apart

Loins & Hindquarters - Level back, broad and level across loins with tail neatly set in

Legs - Clean and short, with neat hard feet. Forelegs straight, well apart and squarely set. Hind legs well apart, nearly perpendicular from hock to fetlock with point of hock in line with pelvis bone. Wide curse from flank to hock joint. Legs free in motion with no tendency to sweep or turn

Action - Straight and smooth without exaggeration

Coat - Close, hard and bright in Summer

Quality  - Alert expression and general poise indicating balance and symmetry of movement; fine, clean bone.


Trimming rules for showing

No trimming or thinning is permitted. No false hair, artificial colouring or make-up should be used

Tack for In Hand Showing

The pony should wear a smart leather in hand bridle and bit, leather showing headcollar or a clean white webbing halter. Coloured webbing headcollars are not suitable. Colts and stallions over two years old MUST be bitted. Colts 3yrs and over must be in possession of a stallion license from the EPS in order to be shown .

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