The Dales Pony is a fast, stylish trotter and much sought-after harness pony. They are also willing and clever jumpers making them an ideal riding pony.
The combination of good conformation with energy and ability make the dales pony excellent for riding. Their great stamina makes them favourites for trekking and long distance rides. Being willing and clever jumpers, they compete very successfully in cross-country, performance classes and dressage competitions.
The Dales Pony's presence and eye-catching fast trot combined with their stamina and generally calm nature makes them a great driving pony, either for pleasure, or for driving trials.
Dales ponies were originally used as pack ponies in the lead mining industry. The lead mines were often in hard to reach places so everything the miners needed was carried up by ponies.
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