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Virginia Highlanders are a small breed of horse with arnfour-beat ambling gait.

The inspiration for the breed was Pogo, a chestnut stallionrnfoaled in 1960, a small crossbred horse, thought to have been sired by a Welshrnpony, out of an Arabian/Tennessee Walker mare. He had a natural singlefootrngait. His owner, William M. Pugh, intrigued by the good-natured, naturallyrngaited stallion, developed a breeding program for small gaited horses, byrncrossing Pogo and his descendants with other Arabians, Tennessee Walkers,rnMorgans, and American Saddlebreds as well as Hackney ponies, and Welsh ponies.rnHorses that met Pugh's criteria for conformation, disposition and gaitedrnability were bred on. The registry began with two foundation stallions, Shadowrnof the Ridge and Pugh's Red Cloud.

The Virginia Highlander Horse Association was formed in thernearly 1990s to promote the Virginia Highlander breed through registry andrneducation. Twenty-two horses (20 mares and 2 stallions) made up the originalrnfoundation stock. By June 2004, there were more than 130 registered VirginiarnHighlanders beyond the original foundation animals.

Virginia Highlanders stands between 13 to 14 hands (52 to 56rninches, 132 to 142 cm) high. Their coat colors include roan, chestnut, blackrnand gray, as well the occasional white. 

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