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These ponies are real characters too, full of verve and personality, many of them still playing and working hard well into their twenties. It is not unusual for mares to breed well into their twenties. They are full of heart and will try to do anything that is asked of them. They are great favorites of riders for the disabled in Britain due to not only their strength but also this wonderful gentle and willing temperament.The quality that can still be seen in the Dales of today.

Not only are the Dales known for their attributes aforementioned, but also for their versatility in other areas. The Dales Ponies attributes of strength, endurance, agility and courage made them very attractive to the military. It was also recognized for its comfortable riding gaits as well as its ability as a draft animal. Farmers would expect their Dales' ponies to put in a full weeks work in the field. Plowing and reaping, carrying up to 160 lbs. of hay, often with rider, as well as, rounding up sheep on the fells and dales were some of their duties. Then on Saturday, they would take the farmer to market in style. Being rather fine jumpers they would even, on occasion, take the farmer on a good day's foxhunting. So when the Dales' found themselves outdated in the mining industry, by trains and trucks, they established a stronger foothold working on the farm. Yorkshiremen also loved the trotting races but as it was uneconomical to keep extra ponies, just for racing, they inventively bred the best Norfolk and Yorkshire trotter to Dales mares and produced foals with a fast flashy trot. This is where the Dales acquired the wonderful gait for which they are renowned today.

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