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The pony was used in the old day to haul bear and heavy loads at the farms and when it wasn't at work, it was released onto the mountains where it roamed free. Today it is mostly used as a riding horse for children, who want to learn the art of riding. The Faroe pony has been on the Faroe Islands for many hundred years, in the 1960'ies there were approximately 5 - 6 horses left on the Faroe Islands because of the huge export on horses to the mines in the United Kingdom. With a huge effort, that number has now increased to about 50 horses and the aim is to maintain and develop it further. The Faroe pony has recently been recognised as a unique breed.

The Faroe pony, or Faroese Horse, is a small pony, its height is between 115 cm -125 cm. The colors are mainly brown, red and black. It is known to be very hardy, friendly, adaptable and surefooted pony and it has 3 gaits - Walk, Trot, Canter. Although these are the 3 gaits, there has been a happening where a Faroe pony did walk the Icelandic gait tölt, for a few minutes.[

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