The Pindos pony originated in the country of Greece. They are exceptionally hardy and tough in both build and in character. They are not noted for their beauty or conformation, and are generally used as a utility horse, for jobs such as packing and transport under harness.
History of the Pindos Pony
As stated earlier, the Pindos pony is originally from the country of Greece. They are also known as the Thessalonian, and it is thought that they were the ancestors of an ancient Thessalonian breed that was developed by the Greeks. This ancient breed was known for its beauty and its courage. The foundation stock for the Thessalonian was of Oriental breeding, probably brought in by the Scythian people who were well known as horsemen.
The largest factor influencing the development of the Pindos pony has been climate. Much of Greece is harsh and inhospitable, where only the toughest and strongest ponies survived. The infertile soil caused a lack of forage, and due to this, the Pindos pony is an excellent forager and easy keeper. They can climb and move in difficult terrain, and are extremely sure footed. They are not a beautiful pony, but they most certainly can survive in the worst conditions.
Pindos Pony Breed Characteristics
As mountain bred ponies, the Pindos has all of the tough qualities and characteristics one would expect. They have courage, stamina, strength, endurance, sure-footedness, hardiness and are clever as well. They tend to be stubborn and difficult, and are hard to break. But once the task is accomplished, one can be certain they have an enduring mount. They are very sound, and rarely ever suffer from lameness. They are very long lived, and disease resistant. They are used for a variety of purposes from being a pack animal, to riding, to agricultural work, to use as a driving pony. They are also used to breed a very hardy type of mule.
The Pindos pony does not win any blue ribbons for conformation or beauty. They have a large and unrefined head, oftentimes convex in profile, with a small and unkind looking eye. They have a longer neck, that is set at a variety of angles and positions on the shoulders, depending on the horse. The shoulder is sloping and functional, with minimal muscling. The chest is narrow, and oftentimes the front legs possess some conformational deformity, such as toeing out or knock knees. They have very small, round, sturdy and hard hooves that can hold up through great amounts of travel over rocky surfaces. The back is shorter and the top line is flat, and ties into a fairly steep croup. The underline is longer than the top line. The hip and hindquarter tend to be much smaller than the shoulder, which gives the pony an unbalanced appearance. The pony is definitely not muscular, but tends to be on the wiry side. They have an abundant mane and tail, and are found in the colors of black, bay, dark gray, or dark brown. They stand up to 13 hands tall.
There are no known Pinos Ponies in Australia.