First known as Wilson Ponies, they were usually kept out all year, wintering in the inhospitable Fells with little food or care. This developed the breed's great toughness and endurance. By the 1880s the breed was established, and was very much liked for its great trotting ability and class.
The Hackney Pony is a pony breed developed by primarily one man, Christopher Wilson. He used St. George, his Hackney Horse stallion foaled in 1866, to breed with Fell Pony mares, and then interbred the offspring to make a fixed type of pony. The Hackney Pony probably also has much Welsh Pony blood.
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