View Full Version : Breed of the week - Highland pony

6th August 2011, 03:41 PM
Please post you pics and memories of Highlands that you have ridden/owned/known.

My daughter and I once did a beach ride on a pair of matching grey Highland ponies. They were superb and didn't half motor.

That's all of my experience of them but I am a huge fan.

6th August 2011, 04:59 PM
Here are some of my friends Highlands

Ossian of Strathavon (Oss)


And last one of Duncrub Nesta who I was on the point of buying 3 years ago until she was withdrawn from sale the day before the vetting. I was gutted, but then I found Seamus, he is my world!

Lovely breed, still on my to buy list!

6th August 2011, 06:49 PM
Oscar stalking
Oscar (Bay) Isla (dun)
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Oscar was a champion and won loads. I used to ride him when on holiday every year in Scotland(owned by a friend) then she moved down near me and I rode him 2 or 3 times a week until he died when he ate spilled wheat.
It was this friend who I went with to see Max, she didn't like him and I ended up with him.

7th August 2011, 11:16 PM
Havent any pics, but when in highlands a few years ago, went to a trekking place for a ride out around the loch and got to ride a highland pony! He was a lovely dapple grey called midgejinski, really strong, steady and sure-footed. Just let him have his head and he took great care of me - he knew his job and i think he appreciated that i wasnt bouncing about like a beginner or pulling his mouth.

We were at the loch next to the eilen donan castle (the one in the highlander films). It was a magic time that i spent with him and if i could have, would have taken him home! Saw lots of highland poines and totally fell in love with them all! I Love them and if you have one i am totally jealous!

Thanks for the pics!

8th August 2011, 01:34 AM
Well, I own Glenmuir Crusader [by Burnside Ben Nevis, out of Rosa of Glenmuir] who is a 14.2hh, just 7y/o Highland Pony gelding, more commonly known as Dougal. I've had him for over 2 years. I was always under the impression that Highlands weren't useful for anything more than a bit of hacking and showing, and as far as I knew they certainly couldn't jump.

My little ponio is a very versitile guy though.


He is hardy, strong, bold and absolutely full of mischief, he has so much character and is as stubborn as a mule. He lives out all year round with no rug and no hard feed and he wears no shoes. Love him to bits, he is as mad as a hatter and can be as lazy as he is crazy, but I wouldn't have him any other way.

8th August 2011, 08:30 AM
Dougal is gorgeous and what a character! The Highlands I know are good jumpers, a bit stubborn sometimes, but steady and loving. If I have the chance to buy a second pony then it would be a Highland!

8th August 2011, 10:05 AM
I really do have a soft spot for Dougal. xx

9th August 2011, 05:44 PM
They are all so beautiful.
Susie, I can understand why you were gutted when Duncrub Nesta was withdrawn from sale. She is stunning and a lovely colour.

10th August 2011, 12:13 PM
They are all so beautiful.
Susie, I can understand why you were gutted when Duncrub Nesta was withdrawn from sale. She is stunning and a lovely colour.

Yes I was gutted, she was a bit over height at I think 15hh but she is beautiful, her mane is to die for black with light highlights. I think she is up near Aviemore somewhere.

11th August 2011, 08:08 AM
lovely ponies (especially dougal!! :love:)

When I was a helper at my local RDA my fav pony was a highland. He was a cheeky wee s** but was usually nice to me! He bucked people off all the time but only had me off once! He was 3 when he came to the stables (think he must be 17 now!!) He was absolutly my baby! (strange to think he's someone elses baby now!)

his first summer at the stables (yes, thats me with boy short hair!! lol!)


this was, I think, about three or four years later


doing dressage (we came 2nd!)


and a spot of jumping (he had a habit of bucking on landing after a jump, so i was a little nervous! lol!)


oh, and his name is cuillin! lol!

11th August 2011, 08:20 AM
Stunning pictures from everyone. Fairyfeet thanks for posting the pics showing what the ponies were originally used for and everyne else for showing what amazing allrounders they are.

I love the dun and the smokey dun colouring. You almost want to own one just for the colour! Don't they have the most gorgeous neat and kind heads though. They look so trustworthy even though we know some of them aren't always (Dougal!)

11th August 2011, 08:32 AM
Sandy they are still used to bring the deer down from the mountains during the cull. There is no other way to get them down.
Even a quad bike can't go where the ponies can.
As a breed they are true workers and can turn their hoof to anything. They are also very sure-footed.

11th August 2011, 09:17 AM
Oh Hannah you havent changed a bit LOL!

12th August 2011, 06:33 AM
ha ha ha!! Think I must have been in my early 20s in all those pics. Makes me feel so old!! :(