The Connemara region is in County Galway in western Ireland. The Connemara ponies are hardy, strong individuals. Legend says that galleons from the Spanish Armada ran aground and the Andalusians on board were set loose. The Spanish horses bred with the native stock, refining the local ponies The Connemara pony is usually 128 to 155 centimetres (12.2 to 15.1 hands) in height, with a strong back, loins and hind quarters, deep and broad through the ribs. The head should be of pony type, with kind eyes. The neck is well placed. The legs should be relatively short from the knees and hocks to the ground, with a strong, muscular upper leg and well-shaped hard feet. The Connemara pony should be intelligent with a good temperament, suitable for adults and children; it should be hardy and sure-footed, sound, and able to jump The Connemara is best known today as a sports pony. Ridden by both children and adults, it is considered to be a very versatile pony breed, competitive in show jumping, dressage and eventing.
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