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Kerry Bogs are draft ponies from Ireland. They are traditionallyrnused for hauling peat fuel from bogs, as well as for general draught work onrnsmall holdings. They almost vanished during the twentieth century, declining tornas few as 40 known horses. Genetic analysis of the survivors by Weatherbysrnconfirmed unique genetic breed markers, and the breed is now recognized as thernIrish  "Heritage Pony." Arncontrolled stud book and registry now exist, and numbers have recovered tornabout 400.rnrn 

rnrnThe mares are 10-11hh and stallions and geldings up torn11.2hh. They are commonly brown, brownish black, or bay, but may be any wholerncolour and chestnut, dun, and grey occur also. Their coat is long and dense,rneasily capable of surviving harsh winter conditions without shelter. Their headrnis plain and of average size, rather dished. Their eyes are small and pointed.rnTheir jaw is strong and well-formed with excellent dentition.rnrn 

rnrnTheir neck is strong and medium length. Their shouldersrnrounded and muscular. Their body is compact and strong with deep chest of goodrngirth and well-sprung ribs. Their loins are powerful and their quarters are strongrnand well-formed.rnrn 

rnrnTheir forelegs are strong and muscular with strong forearm. Theirrnhind legs are muscular and powerful. Their cannons are short with flat hardrnbone of good size. Their pasterns are short, hooves upright, and well formed. Theirrnhooves are of hard horn that require little trimming.rnrn 

rnrnTheir action is powerful with great strength relative to itsrnsize. Combined with their excellent conformation, the pony has straight andrnlevel action with good balance. They are intelligent and sure-footed, with goodrnjudgement in boggy terrain.rnrn 

rnrnThey are kind, sensible, confident, and well-mannered, withrngreat courage and endurance. Unsoundness and undesirable traits found in manyrnpony breeds were bred out at a much earlier stage. They can be easily trainedrnto harness or saddle, and are suitable for work as a children's riding pony.

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