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By Smith Northam

Last updated: 23rd March 2018

Pindos Pony


Smith Northam
Last updated: 23rd March 2018

The Pindos Pony is a breed of mountainous equines that were developed in ancient Greece, most probably by the early settlers. Known for their hardiness and beauty, these ponies have excellent stamina and level of endurance, and have an incredible climbing ability. They are primarily used for riding and other works including transportation, plowing the land, agricultural work, working in harness for goods transport, and even as a pack pony. These small horses are also a popular choice for breeding mules.

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Quick Information

Also Known As Thessalonian Pony, Pindhosor Thessalonian (Greek), αλογάκι της Πίνδου
Behavioral Characteristics Stubborn, difficult to handle, courageous
Physical Traits They have a light frame, with long head and limbs; the eyes are small and rather unattractive, the quarters are underdeveloped and poor, while the tail is high-set (an evidence of oriental influence); their neck is lean, and the back is short and strong; the legs and hooves are narrow but strong and hard
Coat Colors Bay, black, gray
Height/Size 11.2 – 13 hands (average for adult studs/stallions and mares)
Weight 419 pounds
Health Problems Generally healthy with no known diseases
Type Working Pony, Riding Pony, Pack Pony
Uses Work, endurance, general riding, breeding mules
Category Light
Ancestors (Bloodlines) Old Thessalonian (hypothetic)
Popular Traits Multi-talented, sure-footed, excellent in running, hardy, endurable
Feeding/Diet General horse diet including hay, grass, grains, etc.
Country of Origin Greece

Video: Domestic Pindos Pony Basking in the Sun

History and Development

The Pindos Pony is an ancient breed of equines, with nothing being certain about the bloodline and ancestry. These little horse breed is native to the mountainous regions of the Pindus, which is located in the Epirus and the Thessaly regions of Greece. Like most other Greek horse breed, this breed is also sure-footed, adaptable and hardy, being able to thrive in critical environments.

Although their parentage is still shrouded in mystery, their features possess some distinct signs of Asian lineage. The most likely contender of their parenthood is the Old Thessalonian breed of horses, which was developed by the Greeks, but has long been forgotten.

The Pindos Ponies are the offspring of the oriental horse breeds that were brought to Greece by the early Scythian settlers who were known for their skills in horsemanship.

Interesting Facts

  • Pindos Pony got its name from the Pindus Mountains – its place of origination.

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