CON­NEMARA

The one ev­ery­one wants

Your Horse (UK) - - NATIVE BREEDS -

The re­main­ing M&M is, some would ar­gue, the best — a good-look­ing, sure­footed, sturdy, sweet-tem­pered all-rounder. The Con­nemara comes from the rugged west coast of Ire­land, where one mis­placed hoof would have sent it tum­bling to in­stant death on the rocks be­low. Its ori­gins go back some 2,500 years to the time when Celtic war­riors brought their dun-coloured ponies to Ire­land to draw war char­i­ots and carts along the beaches and river plains of their new-found home. Some of these es­caped and sur­vived in the wild. Much later, the farm­ers of the re­gion, scratch­ing a mea­gre liv­ing, would cap­ture a pony and tame it — prefer­ably a mare, which could give them a foal to sell. Those great mares, bred to se­lected stal­lions, give us the mod­ern Con­nemara — the na­tive breed that ev­ery­one wants to own. But will it tri­umph at the in­au­gu­ral SEIB Moun­tain and Moor­land Search for a Star fi­nal at Your Horse Live? Only time will tell.

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