|12 - 13.2 hands.
It is usually grey in colour, although a few
are bay or black. Dark coloured animals generally
have the a
light-coloured muzzle and ring around their eye.The winter coat is
dense and waterproof to protect from the harsh climate, with a thick
mane and tail. The head is large, with a wide forehead. The
and shoulders are well muscled, and the chest deep but generally not
broad. The rib-cage is long and the loins short, which increases the
strength of the back. The croup is slightly sloping.
The Eriskay Pony is the last survivor of the native ponies of the
Western Isles of Scotland. Its origins are ancient, certainly with
Celtic and Norse connections. Although numerous in previous centuries,
dramatically around the beginning of 19th century. Eventually, only a
handful remained on the small island of Eriskay, which lies between
South Uist and Barra in the Outer Hebrides. The last survivors of this
have become inextricably identified with this tiny island, hence the
name Eriskay Pony.