Powerful, intelligent animals with first class constitutions
are also to be found.
COAT The coat of the Kerry Bog Pony is long and dense and easily capable of withstanding harsh winter conditions without shelter.
HEAD The head is pleasant, plain and of average size and rather dish-faced. Ears are small and pointed. Nostrils allow large air intake relative to body size. The jaw is strong and well formed with excellent dentition to facilitate grazing on heath, gorse and heather.
BODY Neck is strong and medium length. The shoulder is rounded and muscular. The body is strong and compact.
The chest is deep with well-sprung ribs and good girth.
Loins are powerful and the hindquarters are long and well-formed. The tail is full, abundant and well set and well carried.
LEGS Forelegs are strong and muscular with a strong forearm. Hind legs are muscular and powerful. The cannon bone is short with flat hard bone of good size. Pasterns are short and the hooves upright and wide open and well formed of hard horn requiring very little trimming.
ACTION The KBP is a powerful pony with good bone and great weight and strength relative to its size. Combined with an excellent conformation, this gives the pony a lovely straight and level action with good balance. This intelligent pony is sure footed and well capable of thinking for itself in the soft underfoot conditions of Kerry bogs.
TEMPERAMENT AND CHARACTER This pony, while kind, sensible and confident and well mannered also possesses great courage and endurance.
Viciousness or nervousness has been bred out of the KBP at a much earlier stage. Soundness is also a feature of the KBP; hereditary unsoundness is extremely rare and because of the pony’s innate strength and toughness it scarcely ever develops any unsoundness.
The animal’s constitution is also first class, being possessed of large heart and lung room which in turn enables it to thrive well in spite of harsh weather or other difficulties.
The excellent temperament of the pony allows it to be easily trained to harness or saddle and it can be easily worked as a children’s riding pony.