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Gotland Ponies (also known as Russ or Skogsruss ponies) are believedrnto be descended from pre-historic horses that migrated west from the plains ofrnAsia. They are indigenous to the island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea off thernSwedish coast. In the 1800s Oriental blood was introduced to the originalrnbreed.rnrn 

rnrnUntil recently, with the coming of mechanization, thernGotland pony was extensively used by Swedish farmers for light draft work. Theirrnrelatively great strength and endurance adapted it to such work. At this time,rnthere remains a herd of non-domesticated Gotland ponies. They live on thernisland of Gotland in the Baltic Sea off the Swedish coast in a forest atrnLojsta.rnrn 

rnrnGotland Ponies stand 12 to 12.2 hh. They can be a variety ofrncolors, although bay or black is usually preferred. Wild bay and mealyrn(Pangare) are very common as well. They have a small head with a broad face andrnlarge, expressive eyes. Their ears are small and pricked, and their neck isrnshort. Their back is long, and their withers are pronounced and their croup isrnsloped. Their short legs are strong and clean with little cannon bone. Gotland poniesrnare noted for their endurance and occasional stubbornness. They have anrnexcellent trot but they do not gallop well.

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