The Danish Sport Pony is a breed of small equines that were developed in Denmark. Known for their level-headed temperament and obedience, these are popular as children’s rides, and a common breed found almost everywhere in Denmark.
|Physical Characteristics||They have a refined and well set head and a well-formed neck, and well-defined withers; the shoulder is sloping, while the back is short and muscular; they have well-built, sturdy thighs and muscular limbs|
|Type||Riding Pony, Show Pony, Driving Pony, Sports Pony|
|Colors||Grey, mixed grey, chestnut, black, bay|
|Height/Size||No more than 14.2¼ hands (breed standards)|
|Common Uses||Riding pony, show pony, pleasure pony, competition mount, children’s pony|
|Health Problems||Normally healthy with no known breed specific issues|
|Popular Traits||Obedient; good for children and young adults|
|Feeding/Diet||General equine diet including hay, grass, grains, etc.|
|Ancestors||Forest horse, Connemaras, Arabian horse, Welsh horse|
|Country of Origin||Denmark|
|Time of Development||1970s|
In the past, only Norwegian Fjord and Icelandic horses were initially used as mounts for children in Denmark. Gradually, the demand for a strong and obedient sport pony grew in Denmark, the authorities involved themselves in developing a new breed having robust bloodlines. Their primary concern was the temperament of the breed so as to be trustworthy with the kids.
In 1976, the Danish Sport Pony Breeding Association was formed. Its purpose was to create a uniform breed of ponies meant for riding purposes. The association began with crossing Forest horses, Welsh stallions, Connemaras, & Arabian horses.
Based on their size (heights), the riding classes of these equines have been segregated into three categories: