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The pottok's origins may lie as far back as 10,000 years ago. Ancient cave paintings in the area show pottok-like horses. They are thought to descend from the Magdalenian horses of 14,000 - 7,000 BC. There are now only a few hundred left and all have owners, rather than freely wandering through the mountains. The pottok has a black or bay brown coat, about 1.25m tall to its withers, with a large head, small ears, short neck, long back and shaggy mane. It has small but sturdy hooves for mountain walking. Their adaptation to mountain life and dark colour made them ideal for use by smugglers. They were also used in mining work across France in the 19th and 20th centuries.

The pottok, pronounced 'pot-ee-ok' (Basque: pottoka, "little horse"), is a formerly wild pony native to the Pyrenees of the Basque Country in France and Spain.

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