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Eriskay ponies originated from the Outer Hebrides (an island chain off the west coast of mainlandrnScotland). They are considered a very pleasing type of horse andrnalso quite strong. They can be used for harness work, riding, and are the idealrnbreed for little ones to learn how to ride. They can be found in Scotland,rnIreland, United Kingdom, Wales, and the northern parts of France.

The locals, the Pict community of people, were very eager tornraise and breed this animal. They have received their unique name from wherernthey are from, the Eric’s Isle or otherwise known as the Eriskay area locatedrnin Scotland. It's very common to see Eriskay horses grazing there. The croftersrnwas just one group that was very fond of this breed as farmers needed them tornwork on farm lands and at times even utilized them as a means of transportationrnfor little ones to get to school. They can easily haul heavy loads and survivernin harsh weather conditions. Currently, the breed has survived becoming virtuallyrnextinct not long ago as a result of cross breeding. They are running the riskrnof losing their status as a popular breed still to this day.rnrn 

rnrnThey are considered to be sweet and wise. They are good withrnchildren. Not all horses can be left with children unattended, but this breedrncan. They can also reside in almost any climate, which is why they canrnwithstand the rain in England and also the working positions that they hold onrna daily basis as well. They are described as being very placid, wise horses.

Eriskayrnhorses stand at around thirteen hands when fully grown. Generally, they arernbred in shades of gray, black, and brown colors. Their head is consideredrnlarge, but oddly enough they have small feet. Loaded with muscles, the Eriskay horsesrnhave strong shoulders and an equally powerful back. They have a deep jaw, and arntapered muzzle. They are self sufficient and easy to maintain. 

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