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Lundy Ponies were first developed on Lundy Island in Englandrnin 1928, when the owner of the island, Martin Coles Harman, introduced 34 NewrnForest pony mares, eight foals, and a Welsh Mountain B strawberry roanrnstallion. Diana Keast, his daughter, explained why he chose to cross thesernbreeds: "He wanted ponies with a bit of style and height. Dartmoor andrnExmoor ponies were nearer and more convenient - after all he had to charter arnspecial train to bring the ponies from Lyndhurst - but they wouldn't have hadrnthe height he wanted." The Welsh stallion died only a year after arrivingrnon the island, having sired just one foal - a colt called Pepper. Luckily thisrnfirst "Lundy pony" grew into an upstanding stud stallion, creamy dunrnwith a black mane and tail. By the 1930’s there were so many ponies roaming thernisland that about 50 were rounded up and sold on the mainland. During world warrnII there was no way of shipping ponies from the island and the herd reachedrnnearly 100. There was constant warring among the stallions so that in 1944 arnnumber had to be put down.rnrn 

rnrnThe pony herd was moved from the island in 1980 and taken tornCornwall, where it continued to breed. Some were also taken to New Devon. Inrn1984, the Lundy Pony Breed Society formed to oversee the breed. The Societyrnlater decided to return some of the mares and foals to the island of Lundy.rnrn 

rnrnDue to the harsh environment of the island, with poorrnvegetation and severe weather, the ponies grew to be incredibly tough andrnhardy. They typically are dun, roan, palomino, bay, or liver chestnut in color,rnand rarely exceed 13.2 hh in height. The ponies have a wide, deep chest,rnsloping shoulder, and hard, sound legs. Their necks are usually well-set andrnmuscular and their backs strong and compact. Lundy Ponies are useful as mountsrnfor children, as they are both attractive animals and good natured.

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