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[ INDEX ] Equine Type: Horse Breed: Pottok   [ PREV ] [ NEXT ]
Pottok Chestnut Tobiano Coat (left view)
Chestnut Tobiano Coat (left view)
Pottok Coal Black Coat (normal view)
Coal Black Coat (normal view)

Pottok Golden Mahogany Bay Coat (front view)
Golden Mahogany Bay Coat (front view)
Pottok Bay Coat (right view)
Bay Coat (right view)

The Pottok is a primitive breed from the Basque region of southern France, and is one of the most ancient equine breeds still in existence.

Pottoks have lived in the Pyrenees Mountains since their ancestors arrived at the Basque region during the last Ice Age. Over thousands of years, they developed into sturdy, small ponies, with strong hooves and excellent endurance. They also developed a long upper-lip and very thick whiskers that protect their lips when eating thorny plants. Today, these sturdy ponies, who still roam freely in the mountains, are called "Mountain Pottoks", and comprise one subtype of the Pottok pony.

Mountain Pottoks were used as pack ponies and pit ponies for many years. It was only in the second half of the 20th century when they started to serve as riding ponies as well. The riding ponies are usually kept in meadows, and are named "Prairie Pottoks". They are taller and more athletic than the Mountain Pottoks. Relatively to their structure, Prairie Pottoks are excellent at dressage and show-jumping. Today, all Pottok ponies, including those who roam freely in the mountains, have owners, and are popular as riding ponies for children.

Mountain Pottoks and Prairie Pottoks have two different breeding programs. Mountain Pottoks are bred to remain pure, and therefore crossbreeding is not allowed. Therefore, in Horse Isle, Mountain Pottoks remain pure only if they are crossed with other Mountain Pottoks.

The breeding program of Prairie Pottoks revolves around their performance as riding horses. Therefore, they can be crossed with ponies of other breeds, given that these other ponies have a similar conformation, and that they'll improve the performance of the Prairie Pottok. That said, every foal must have at least 50% Pottok blood. Therefore, in Horse Isle, Prairie Pottoks have a closed studbook, meaning that no crossbreeding it allowed (crossing a Prairie Pottok with a Mountain Pottok is acceptable because both of the ponies are Pottoks).

Pottok ponies can be bay, brown, chestnut, or black in color, and have a solid or a tobiano coat. Mountain Pottoks stand between 11.1hh and 13hh, while Prairie Pottoks stand between 11.3hh and 14.2hh.
Pottok Black Coat
Black Coat
Pottok Coal Black Tobiano Coat
Coal Black Tobiano Coat
Pottok Dark Brown Tobiano Coat
Dark Brown Tobiano Coat
Pottok Brown Coat
Brown Coat
Pottok Brown Tobiano Coat
Brown Tobiano Coat
Pottok Bay Coat
Bay Coat
Pottok Dark Brown Coat
Dark Brown Coat
Pottok Golden Bay Tobiano Coat
Golden Bay Tobiano Coat
Pottok Chocolate Brown Tobiano Coat
Chocolate Brown Tobiano Coat
Pottok Bright Chestnut Coat
Bright Chestnut Coat
Pottok Bay Coat
Bay Coat
Pottok Bright Wild Bay Coat
Bright Wild Bay Coat
Pottok Red Mahogany Bay Tobiano Coat
Red Mahogany Bay Tobiano Coat
Pottok Red Bay Tobiano Coat
Red Bay Tobiano Coat
Pottok Bay Tobiano Coat
Bay Tobiano Coat
Pottok Bright Bay Tobiano Coat
Bright Bay Tobiano Coat
Pottok Chestnut Coat
Chestnut Coat
Pottok Bright Chestnut Tobiano Coat
Bright Chestnut Tobiano Coat
Pottok Bright Chestnut Coat
Bright Chestnut Coat
Pottok Golden Chestnut Coat
Golden Chestnut Coat
Pottok Flaxen Chestnut Coat
Flaxen Chestnut Coat
Pottok Liver Chocolate Chestnut Tobiano Coat
Liver Chocolate Chestnut Tobiano Coat
Pottok Red Chestnut Tobiano Coat
Red Chestnut Tobiano Coat
Pottok Golden Chocolate Chestnut Tobiano Coat
Golden Chocolate Chestnut Tobiano Coat
Pottok Chestnut Tobiano Coat
Chestnut Tobiano Coat
Pottok Flaxen Chestnut Tobiano Coat
Flaxen Chestnut Tobiano Coat
Pottok Flaxen Bright Chestnut Tobiano Coat
Flaxen Bright Chestnut Tobiano Coat


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