Carneddau Welsh Mountain,

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Country United Kingdom, GB
Location Wales, UK
Species Horse
Synonyms Carneddau
Management semi-feral
Population size Total estimate: 315, F: 300 plus foals, M: 15
Morphology Colour:Bay, Dun, Chestnut, Grey strawberry roan, Coat thick, Height (cm) 112, Weight (kg) 300
History The Welsh mountain ponies are a strong breed going back to at least the Celtics. They are well suited to the extreme weathers they face on the mountain range of Snowdonia. In the Tudor times of around 1509 King Henry VIII ordered the ponies to be destroyed because they could not carry a knight in full armour, luckily they did not succeed. The Romans however admired the ponies for their strength and agility and used them whilst in Wales and even shipped some of them back to Rome to carry out various tasks on their homeland. In the 19th century they were used to pull carts in the coal mines, now the mines are closed there is no work for them, so now they roam the Carneddau hillsides grazing. They once roamed in herds of up to 30 mares to 1 stallion, but now the stallions are kept apart from the mares. The ponies can easily be spotted all year round. In 2005 all ponies had to have a passport and a chip. This would have a burden on the farmers who look after them, but luckily the CCW and the Snowdonia National Park stepped in with funding so they are now safe to continue grazing on the Carneddau. The ponies share the Carneddau with about 8000 sheep, so the 22 graziers now bring their sheep down in the winter months and return them in the summer. By doing this the upper reaches of the mountains will have a chance to recover from grazing and the lower part of the mountains will be kept short to encourage small wildlife like the Chough and hopefully the Peregrines and Merlins. The ponies are looked after all year round by the society members while they graze, and are rounded up at least once a year to have a thorough check over.
Contact Cymdeithas Merlod y Carneddau, Gareth Jones, Mair Lewis, Address: Tyn Llwyfan, Newry Drive, Llanfairfechan, Conwy LL33 0EU, Phone: 01248 681039 07932 798931, Email: tynllwyfan@aol.com, www.carneddauponies.co.uk
Remarks : These ponies are sturdy and very hardy, living at heights of up to 1000metres all year round. some periodic management
Source of information Cymdeithas Merlod y Carneddau, Gareth Jones, Mair Lewis, Address: Tyn Llwyfan, Newry Drive, Llanfairfechan, Conwy LL33 0EU, Phone: 01248 681039 07932 798931, Email: tynllwyfan@aol.com, www.carneddauponies.co.uk

 

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