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The Breed Standard

(as defined in the EPS Rule Book)


1. Height

The preferred Height Range is:
Stallions & geldings 11.3hh (119.4cm) to 12.3hh (129.5cm) at maturity.
Mares 11.2hh (116.8cm) to 12.2hh (127cm) at maturity.

2. General Appearance

    & Type


Definite "pony" character; hard & strong; Vigorous alert and symmetrical in appearance; Mealy muzzle; prominent hooded toad eye.


"Definite pony character"

3. Head and Neck


Ears: short, thick & pointed; clean cut face; wide forehead, eyes large, wide apart and prominent with well-defined fleshy hood and pale colouration outlining the eyes (Toad Eyes);  wide nostrils; mealy muzzle; clean throat; good length of rein.


4. Shoulders

Clean, fine at top, well laid back.

5. Chest

Deep & wide between & behind forelegs; Ribs long, deep, well sprung & wide apart.

6. Back


Level; broad & level across loins; tail neatly set in.


7. Legs


Clean & short, with neat hard feet; forelegs straight, well apart & squarely set; hind legs well apart, nearly perpendicular from hock to fetlock with point of hock in line with pelvis bone; wide curve from flank to hock joint; legs free in motion with no tendency to sweep or turn.


8. Action

Straight & smooth, without exaggerated action.

9. Coat


Summer - close, hard & bright.

Winter - a double-layered dense coat with an under insulating layer of fine, springy hair and an outer water-proofing layer of hard, greasy hair. 


10. Colour

Bay, brown or dun, with black points; mealy colour on muzzle, round eyes & inside flanks; no white markings anywhere.

11. Quality


Alert expression and general poise indicating balance and symmetry of movement; flat, clean bone.


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      "Alert expression"                  "Balance and symmetry of movement"


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