About Eriskay Pony Horses
Eriskay ponies originated from the Outer Hebrides (an island chain off the west coast of mainland
Scotland). They are considered a very pleasing type of horse and also
quite strong. They can be used for harness work, riding, and are the ideal
breed for little ones to learn how to ride. They can be found in Scotland,
Ireland, United Kingdom, Wales, and the northern parts of France.
The locals, the Pict community of people, were very eager to
raise and breed this animal. They have received their unique name from where
they are from, the Eric’s Isle or otherwise known as the Eriskay area located
in Scotland. It's very common to see Eriskay horses grazing there. The crofters
was just one group that was very fond of this breed as farmers needed them to
work on farm lands and at times even utilized them as a means of transportation
for little ones to get to school. They can easily haul heavy loads and survive
in harsh weather conditions. Currently, the breed has survived becoming
virtually extinct not long ago as a result of cross breeding. They are running
the risk of losing their status as a popular breed still to this day.
They are considered to be sweet and wise. They are good with
children. Not all horses can be left with children unattended, but this breed
can. They can also reside in almost any climate, which is why they can
withstand the rain in England and also the working positions that they hold on
a daily basis as well. They are described as being very placid, wise horses.
Eriskay horses stand at around thirteen hands when fully
grown. Generally, they are bred in shades of gray, black, and brown colors.
Their head is considered large, but oddly enough they have small feet. Loaded
with muscles, the Eriskay horses have strong shoulders and an equally powerful
back. They have a deep jaw, and a tapered muzzle. They are self sufficient and
easy to maintain.