Gotland Pony - horses for sale
Gotland ponies come from the Swedish island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea. It’s likely that these beautiful little animals represent one of northern Europe’s ancient types of small horse. Although not so well-known beyond Sweden, they are popular in their homeland where families often buy a Gotland Pony for their children to ride. Previously they were used for farm work and for trotting races, which were the main reasons people would sell a Gotland Pony in earlier times. Quite how long the Gotland ponies have been on the island is hard to say. Some historians argue that they might have arrived with the tribe known as the Goths who inhabited Gotland hundreds of years ago.
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Use and characteristics of the Gotland Pony
Standing 11.2 hands (46 inches/117 cm) to 13 hands (52 inches/132 cm) high, Gotland ponies are elegant and attractive. Their coat colours include palomino and dun, often with a dorsal stripe, although the majority of Gotlands are black or bay. As well as having a fast trot, the ponies are good jumpers, another of the reasons people buy a Gotland Pony for their children. The Swedish Pony Association was set up in the 1950s to ensure the survival of the Gotland ponies and encourage their use. The breed has gained support elsewhere in the world, and today it is possible to find a small number of breed enthusiasts outside Sweden who will sell a Gotland Pony. The ponies are also known as Gotland russ, from an ancient Scandinavian word predating the modern word “horse”.