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During the 1970s, French breeders crossed a variety of local French pony breeds, such as Pottok and Landais, with ponies of foreign origins such as Connemara, Welsh, and New Forest, as well as with small Arabians. During the next decade, the blood of additional breeds was added, most notably that of Belgian, German, and Dutch sport ponies.
Today, there are over a thousand French Riding Ponies in France. They serve primarily as mounts for children or young adults who compete in show-jumping, dressage, and eventing. Less often, they are used for driving.
When it comes to breeding, the French Riding Pony has a partially open studbook. It allows specific pony breeds can be crossed with specific types of horses, and set many restrictions on the accepted breeds and crosses.
However, In Horse Isle, the French Riding Pony has a closed studbook because we can't enforce these restrictions. This means that crossbreeding will result in non-pure offspring.
There is no official conformation standard for French Riding Ponies beyond the requirements for a broad chest, prominant withers, and a solid back. This means that while all French Riding Ponies do have a 'sporty' conformation, they still vary greatly in their appearance.
In Horse Isle, they essentially have the conformation of a Selle Francais, combined with minor adjustments to give them a more accurate "pony" conformation, such as a shorter 'pony-like' head in comparison to the body.
The following are the: range, average, (SD), and MOE of performance metrics of ordered French Riding Ponies in Horse Isle (not bred ones). In rare cases,
Speed: 14.6-16.6, 15.7 (0.5), 0.1.
Sprint: 46-60, 54 (3), 0.68.
Accel: 0.96-1.11, 1.04 (0.03), 0.01.
Decel: 0.98-1.12, 1.05 (0.03), 0.01.
Jump: 5.31-5.55, 5.43 (0.05), 0.01.
Pull: 1.62-2.36, 1.99 (0.18), 0.03.
Turning: 49.67-61.40, 56.39 (2.65), 0.52.
Reverse: 2.3-2.9, 2.6 (0.1), 0.03.
Stamina: 44.00-50.14, 46.73 (1.33), 0.26.
Reaction: 0.69-0.79, 0.74 (0.02), 0.00.
Coats & Height:
Colors: bay, black, brown, chestnut, grey, cream-dilutes, and more rarely, dun.
Additionals: flaxen, linebacked, rabicano, roan, sooty, all rare patterns. The coat is usually solid, but can also be tobiano or white-spotted sabino.
Height: 12.1hh to 14.2hh.
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