Today horses and ponies are used almost only for leisure-or sport-based activities, in which most rare breeds have a role.
- Medium-sized breeds can produce high quality working hunters and event horses.
- Pony breeds offer a good, sound temperament for riding animals.
- Breeds such as the Dales and Fell ponies and Cleveland Bays are popular for driving. The Dales and Fell, are used increasingly in horse logging and Suffolks, Clydesdales and Shires provide spectacular displays at shows drawing brewery and other trade wagons.
You can often see rare and native breed horses and ponies working at Shows.