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The Dales Pony developed form the native Pennine Pony, and was greatly influenced by the now-extinct Scottish Galloway, which improved their speed and sure-footedness. They were also infused with Friesian blood. The ponies were originally bred as pack animals, to carry heavy loads of lead through the countryside from Northumberland and Durham to smelt mills. With their agility, power, and speed, the Dales had great success in the trotting races of the 18th century and the organized hunts. Because they could survive so well in a harsh climate, the British Army used them as pack and artillery ponies. In the 18th and 19th centuries, Clydesdale, Norfolk, and Yorkshire Roadster blood was added to improve the trotting ability of the Dales. Welsh Cob blood was also added during the 1850s, by the stallion Comet, to improve their gait. The Dales Pony Improvement Society was formed in 1916, trying to protect the poniesí future. However, because so many ponies were used in the war, the breed was nearly wiped out. It wasnít until 1963, when the Dales Pony Society was formed, that numbers began to increase.

The Dales Pony is a small horse breed native to the eastern Pennines of northern England. They have great stamina and were used as a pack animal.

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