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Fell Pony is one of five native pony breeds of England, the others being
the Dales, Dartmoor, Exmoor and New Forest. These breeds descend from
the ancient Celtic horses of northern Europe that had migrated to the
British Isles. The Fell originated in the uplands of northern England
where they were used as pack animals for the lead-mining industry on the
western slopes of the Pennines. (Their close cousin, the Dales Pony, was
used on the eastern slopes.) Until the 1800s, this hardy pony carried
loads of lead ore down to the coast from the mines, then returned carrying
coal, traveling 200 miles per week over rocky, rugged terrain.
Most Fells are still bred in the north of Great Britain, and a few breeders
maintain their ponies in the traditional way in loose, wide-roaming herds
on the fells. The pony has seen some resurgence in popularity in the last 20 years, as breeders in Europe and North America have found value in these versatile ponies.
Status: See CPL