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Kerry Bog Pony, Bog Village, Kerry, Ireland | by Jim Linwood
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Kerry Bog Pony, Bog Village, Kerry, Ireland

The Kerry Bog Pony is a draft pony breed originating in Ireland, and traditionally used for hauling peat fuel from bogs, as well as for general draught work on small holdings. It is smaller than, and distinct in appearance from, Ireland's more widely known Connemara pony. The breed almost vanished during the twentieth century, declining to as few as 40 known members. Genetic analysis of these survivors by Weatherbys confirmed unique genetic breed markers, and the breed is now recognized as the Irish "Heritage Pony".

 

Kerry Ponies are kept at the Bog Village. The aim is to save them from extinction and, by breeding them, to increase their numbers in Kerry and further afield.

  

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Taken on September 9, 2007