In 1803 the first ponies were brought to Australia. The Australian Pony became a distinct breed in 1920. The first Australian ponies were used for children to ride, They are now used mainly as show ponies.
The Australian pony is considered a large pony being 12 to 14 hands tall. They com in several colors.
The Australian Pony was developed by crossing the Welsh Mountain Pony of Type A and the Shetland Pony. The Shetland Pony is solid and strong. The Arab, Hackney and Thoroughbred were also used to develop the Australian Pony.
The Australian Pony has a great disposition. Many people from other countries have never heard of them. They are popular in Australia.
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