Scottish Highland Pony, the versatile breed is one of the largest and strongest of the British ponies.

All within a height range of 132 to 148 cm, with average around 141 cm. Weight is typically 450 kilos for an adult mare.

It should show substance and strength and in spite of their kind and reliable character they certainly are not dull!

Colours are - yellow dun, mouse dun, cream dun, grey dun, brown, black and grey. Most with darker points, eel stripe (along the back), stripes on shoulder and neck, zebra stripes on legs, with the absence of white markings.

Apart from the characteristics, the most valuable qualities of Highland ponies are their sturdy constitution, their keen intelligence and their concentrated vitality, which are common for the entire breed.  

The winter coat consists of a layer of strong badger-like hairs over a dense, softer undercoat.

The Highland was used as a general small working horse on the farms all over Scotland during the last few centuries. Deerstalkers employ the Highland Ponies because of their placid temperaments and intelligence, weight bearing ability (up to 125 kilos) and surefootedness, forestry work is also undertaken. 

In build and temperament the Highlands makes the ideal family riding pony.

In riding for the Disabled work, the Highland’s temperament is crucial, easy to handle in and out of stables, quit in traffic with patience to stand for long periods. Breaking-in should begin after four years of age with a little light work, and if brought on its owner many quietly, by the age of five or six a Highland should be fully mature and gives years of service and pleasure

Highland ponies are hardy, healthy, long-lived and economical to keep. They live out all year round and thrive best on extensive rough grazing.

Hay and straw is fed during the winter, with access to minerals at all times.  Regular worming and feet attended at all ages is essential. Often the stallion runs free with the mares, foaling takes place outside and is usually quit straightforward. All Highland Ponies and new-born foals are registered in the studbook of The Highland Pony Society in Perth Scotland.

There are an estimated 5000 to 6000 Highland ponies mainly in Scotland but there are also smaller groups in France, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Sweden, Poland, USA and Canada



The Breed is a strong well-balanced compact pony with all its features being in proportion to its height. It is one of the largest of the British Native Breeds and should show substance and strength.

HEIGHT: The height is 13 hh to 14.2 hh. (132 – 148 cm)

HEAD:Well: carried and alert with kindly eye. Broad muzzled and with a deep jowl.

NECK AND SHOULDER: Reasonable length of neck going from wither with a good sloping shoulder and well-placed forearm.

BODY: Well-balanced and compact with deep chest with plenty of room for heart and lungs, ribs well sprung.

QUARTERS AND HINDLEGS: Powerful quarters with well-developed thigh, strong second thigh and clean flat hocks.

LEGS: Flat hard bone, broad knees, short cannon bones, oblique pasterns and well-shaped broad dark hoofs. Feather soft and silky.

MANE AND TAIL: Hair should be natural flowing and untrimmed with a full tail.

COLOURS: A range of duns, mouse, yellow, grey, cream. Also grey, brown, black and occasionally bay and liver chestnut with silver mane and tail. Many ponies have a dorsal stripe and some show  zebra markings on legs and shoulder. A small star is acceptable but other white markings are discouraged. Foal coat often changes and many ponies change colour gradually as they grow older, especially those with grey hairs interspersed with the original colour. Others show a slight seasonal change in colour between winter and summer coats. Broken colours are not allowed.


N.B.: STALLIONS with white markings other than a small star are NOT eligible for licensing.

ACTION: Straight and free moving without undue knee action

Manoah Highland Ponies

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