The Highland Pony was originally bred to work on small farms in Scotland, hauling timber and game as well as plowing. They are still occasionally used as workhorses and for jumping and trekking, due to their quietness, stamina, and ability to carry weight. Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth has a large working stud of Highland ponies.
The breed is also considered vulnerable in the United Kingdom by Rare Breeds Survival Trust. At least eight bloodlines can be found in the United States, making the domestic population of Highland ponies important for the global conservation of the breed.
Did you know:
The Livestock Conservancy is America’s leading organization working to save over 150 heritage breeds from extinction. We rely on the support of our members, grants, and donations from the public to raise the $700,000 a year needed to maintain our conservation work with rare breeds of farm animals. Click here to learn how you can help.