Video: French Riding Pony
The French saddle pony is a sporting breed that began breeding in 1969 in France. When creating a breed, crossing mares of ponies with stallions of Welsh and New Forest ponies, as well as Arab and Connemara, in addition, mares of Merensky, Basque and Landy ponies were crossed with stallions of New Forest ponies and French riding horses. In 1972, the herd book was opened.
These ponies are versatile and great for kids between the ages of 8 and 15. They have a peaceful, obedient, but lively temperament, they are very beautiful. Animals participate in CSO, CCE, dance and outdoor shows, recreational activities and are used for horse riding.
Height at withers is from 125 to 148 cm. Any color.
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Body structure: beautiful small head with a straight or slightly convex profile; large expressive eyes; small pointed ears; long enough, nicely set neck; well defined withers; deep and wide chest; straight shoulder; straight back; slightly sloping croup with a well-set tail; strong legs with hard hooves.
Thanks to its success in sports, the French riding pony is becoming more and more popular abroad. Between 1977 and 2000, the number of registered horses increased from 95 to 1,300.