P.O. Box 425
Boonville, CA 95415
or phone Gwendolen "Wendy" Rowe at (707) 376-8331
The native equine of Scotland, these hardy ponies have adapted over centuries to survive in a harsh environment on the windswept moors and mountains. This ancient and versatile breed has played many roles in Scottish history, from carrying warriors into battle to serving as an all-purpose draft animal on the small Highland farms, or crofts.
In the present day, Highland ponies excel at a variety of disciplines, such as dressage, jumping, and driving. While their athletic ability makes them a natural choice for competition, Highlands are also renowned for their calm, level-headed nature. This tractable disposition, combined with great strength and sure-footedness, makes the Highland an ideal family mount suitable for riders of all ages and sizes. The fact that Highlands are often used in riding programs for the disabled is a testament to their excellent disposition.
The Highland's substance, bone, and temperament also mean they cross well with other breeds, both horse and pony sized. In Britain, Highlands and Thoroughbreds are a popular cross, producing warmblood type performance horses for eventing, show jumping, and dressage. Highland ponies generally stand between 13 and 14.2 Hands, occasionally taller or shorter. They have plenty of bone and substance along with the classic beauty of a native pony. Long, thick mane and tail and some feather on the lower leg is typical. Grey and various shades of dun are the most common coat colors, although black, bay, and chestnut are also found in the breed. White markings are not considered desirable in purebreds, although a white star is allowed.
With fewer than 50 purebred Scottish Highland ponies in the United States (as of 2005), we are proud to offer the imported stallion Quartz of Croila at stud to a limited number of mares.