L7339 : Connemara ponies, Cloch na Ron

taken 13 years ago, near to Cloch na Ron, Galway, Ireland

Connemara ponies, Cloch na Ron
Connemara ponies, Cloch na Ron
Most Connemara families had a work-horse in the past, a beast of burden that they took for granted. Only in the early 20th century were Connemara ponies recognised for their exceptional qualities. Hardy, companionable, resilient yet pliant, they are found exclusively in this harsh terrain.

Their origin is uncertain. Probably they were a crossbreed of a native Celtic horse and Spanish-Arabs imported from Galicia in north-western Spain in the Middle Ages. Their qualities derive also from the particular combination of climate and terrain and the rigorous genetic selection that such an environment demands. Pasture in Connemara is scarce and the ponies eat very little of it. Instead they feed on the salt-tolerant grasses and seaweeds on the seashore.

In spite of their study frame, the ponies are naturally elegant and have become popular everywhere for riding and showjumping.
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L7339, 3 images   (more nearby search)
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 8 April, 2009   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 17 July, 2009
Category
Ponies   (more nearby)
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! L 733 392 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:23.3176N 9:54.2425W
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Irish: geotagged! L 734 392
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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