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Rare Breeds (well, in the UK.)
We ended up at another Collette's Horse and Dog show the other week, and just to show that even at a small horse, dog or cat show you might find yourself seeing something unusual (at least for the UK!) here is a Fjord pony

Fjord Pony

Note the two-toned mane (which is traditionally hogged at different levels to show it off) and tail because in this breed the dorsal stripe seen in many 'primitive' breeds runs from poll to dock. This animal is rather light-set for the breed and is probably quite young, though it was also shown in the leading rein class.

There wasn't anything particularly unusual at the dog show (unlike last time when there was a Bracco Italiano pup, seen here meeting Draco

Draco Meets Bracco )

But this time we did get to see the fancy dress class. Indeed, this lady insisted on our watching and taking photos. I told her she'd be sorry...

Who's More Excited?

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That's a very handsome pony!

They are one of the small horses that I wouldn't mind owning. (As you know, I am not thin and I have very short legs and have problems with big, wide horses.) This one probably isn't up to my weight, but many of the breed certainly are.

Very handsome indeed. Would that color be called bay, or dun, or something else (possibly breed-specific)?

It's a dun.

However, there are a number of varieties of 'dun' (I didn't know about all of them, except for the 'golden dun' found in the Akel-Teke)on which Wiki gives rather too much info for someone not engaged in horse breeding, so approach this link at your peril.


Heh. You're talking to someone who devoured every "care, feeding and breeding" book about horses in the neighborhood library from about age 6 up. But I'd never seen all that about duns before, nor some of the rarer variations; a certain amount of wikisafari has already happened, and more will be necessary after I've slept. I suspect that things like the cream and champagne genes simply weren't identified back then. At any rate, cool and thanks!

I'm not committing this lot to memory - I have rather too much information about cat genetics cluttering that up already already - though I am pretty good on the horse colours recognised in this country, as they do tend to have different names in the States!

One thing you see over here a lot (and in Ireland) particularly in adverts, is "rose grey" which actually appears to be a very pale strawberry or red roan. (Or alternatively, depending on your source, a young horse who has started off chestnut or bay and is in the process of turning grey. This is a cheat as the horse will not stay that colour - Blue Bunting, this year's best 3 year old filly racehorse this side of the pond, is officially grey but still only has a grey end to her tail to prove it! Otherwise, she's a dark bay or bay brown. I daresay she will be Rose Grey at five, and light grey when she passes ten...)

A real "dog and pony show"!

(I don't know if you're familiar with that term as techie slang; it means a demonstration of some new technology or product.)

Yup. Though it doesn't seem to be used much in the UK - however, I am rather familiar with Threes Rev 1.1.


Oooh where was this? My mum went to a dog show at the weekend. She was with my Shar-pei and he was the only Shar-pei there if you saw him :D

These were at Ingatestone, which is off the A12 near Margaretting and on the line from Liverpool Street to Ipswich (from Southend you would change at Shenfield.)

However, they run shows at a number of locations across the SE - this is their website:


I don't know if she's sorry, but if I were the dog, I'd sue

Or possibly Rowling should sue. This outfit won the class, by the way.

That poor dog.

The Bracco Italiano looks lovely though

Pretty pony, Draco in fine form, and I hope that last poor dog bites her kneecap but good.

Edited at 2011-08-18 06:49 pm (UTC)

He seemed pretty much resigned.

I've not seen a fjord pony done up for show before - they were always in rough Norwegian fields with heaps of stones in the middle (once covered in ripe raspberries, yum, but that pony was very possessive). Despite their being untrimmed, it was always possible to sdmire the manes. And despite the ponies being short, they were always solid creatures. Like Uccello's battle horses. I've loved the memories for many years now.

They were originally draft animals (like the Shetland) rather than riding animals, though used occasionally for both.

Agreed. Also, ridden by a two year old in the leading rein class!

Love the photos.
I used to ride a lovely fjord pony at some stables in Germany - Icebear, he was so sweet natured.

What a super name! We have so many native pony breeds in the UK that we don't get to see breeds from other countries as often as we might. (Though the Caspian is used a lot for breeding show ponies and sport ponies and there are a lot of Falabellas around as pets.)

I have seen the odd Fjord and Haflinger for sale in Horse and Hound but have yet to spot something like the Pony of the Americas, for instance.

Edited at 2011-08-19 06:58 am (UTC)

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