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Prairie Pottok Chocolate Brown Tobiano Coat (left view)
Chocolate Brown Tobiano Coat (left view)
Prairie Pottok Bright Chestnut Coat (normal view)
Bright Chestnut Coat (normal view)

Prairie Pottok Black Coat (front view)
Black Coat (front view)
Prairie Pottok Ebony Seal Brown Coat (right view)
Ebony Seal Brown Coat (right view)

Prairie Pottok ponies are Pottok ponies who are kept in meadows and used for riding.

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. Today, these sturdy ponies, who sill roams 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 kids. They are usually bay, chestnut, and black, and have either a solid form or a tobiano pattern. They stand between 11.1hh and 14.2hh.
Prairie Pottok Black Coat
Black Coat
Prairie Pottok Seal Brown Tobiano Coat
Seal Brown Tobiano Coat
Prairie Pottok Chocolate Brown Tobiano Coat
Chocolate Brown Tobiano Coat
Prairie Pottok Bay Coat
Bay Coat
Prairie Pottok Red Chestnut Coat
Red Chestnut Coat


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