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The Kissing Kerry Bog Ponies: a unique photo in all senses!!
Should you have a moment, read this, please. Thank you.
The Kerry Bog Pony is native to the mountains and valleys of Kerry, Ireland. These ponies were originally used by small family holdings in the 17th century for working on the peatlands, transporting the peat from bog to roadside and to transport the family to Sunday mass.
Many of the ponies from Ireland were used as pack or cavalry horses during different wars; they were affected by the widespread famine in Ireland in the 19th century. Their numbers were reduced almost to extinction. There was only an estimated 20 left in the 1990!!
The Kerry Bog pony owes its survival to Kerryman John Mulvihill, who worked tirelessly, searching the area for those ponies. With his stallion he bred two foals. These two ponies were tested by Weatherbys DNA laboratory which confirmed the ponies possessed unique breed markings. Other ponies were also tested, and a foundation stock was established to create a breeding programme. The breed has now been recognised as an Irish ‘Heritage Pony’. There are approximately 200 registered bog ponies today with numbers increasing annually