The Peneia Pony is a breed of very rare ponies that was developed in Greece. Known for their hardiness and willingness to please, these equines have the ability to learn new gaits, and walk through the rugged, mountainous terrains. Their population has gone down extremely low with efforts being taken to resist the breed from going extinct.
|Other Names||Pinia Pony, Pineia Pony, Panela Pony, Elis Pony, Geogalidiko, Georgaludiko|
|Behavioral Characteristics||Willing, adaptable, docile|
|Physical Traits||Both colts and mares A convex profile with a well-proportioned head, a well-set neck; the chest is wide with a short back; the legs are long with tough and small hooves|
|Coat Colors||Bay, black, gray, chestnut, roan|
|Height/Size||10.1-14 hands (adult)|
|Common Uses||Jumping, general riding, eventing, work|
|Health Problems||Generally healthy|
|Type||Draft Pony, Sport Pony, Showing Pony, Breeding Pony (hinnies), Pack Animal|
|Ancestors (Bloodlines)||Pindo, Anglo-Arab, Nonius, Anglo-Norman|
|Popular Traits||Easy trainability, hardy, tough,|
|Feeding/Diet||Normal equine foods like hay, grass, grains, etc.|
|Country of Origin||Greece|
|Year of Development||1995|
A very rare breed of ponies, the Peneia pony originated in the semi-mountainous regions of Eleia in Peloponnese, located in the south of Greece. Although it is thought that, this breed developed from the Pindos pony that was endemic to Greece, though they are much rarer than the latter.
The Peneia stallions are frequently used for breeding hinnies. Since they possess a stilted stride, these equines are trained to develop a smoother gait called the ‘aravani’. The Peneia was also crossed with the Anglo-Norman, the Anglo-Arab, and the Nonius strains, which began in the early 20th century.
In 1995, a herdbook dedicatedly for this breed was established for the very first time, and is presently found in the Achaea and the Elis regions, located in the northwest part of the Peloponnese.