The Skyros pony is a third of the Greek pony groups and
is, like the Peneia, now extremely rare. They are an ancient breed found
on the island of Skyros. There is no record of how they came to be on the island and now this
is just a matter of conjecture. They used to live a mostly feral life, roaming across the island
in herds, but are now mainly kept by individuals for riding and light harness work. They exhibit
the same qualities as the other Greek breeds, being extremely tough, hardy, enduring, surefooted,
and sound of limb. Their confirmation isn't very good, but this doesn't unduly affect their work.
They are small and fine-boned in appearance, with a light frame and an attractive head, short
neck, compact back, and weak quarters. They have very hard feet that rarely require shoeing. Their
temperaments are quiet and they make good ponies for children. Mostly
bay in color, they tend to stand
up to 11 hands high.
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