View Full Version : TB x Quantock??
3rd Nov 2005, 11:02 AM
This may be a silly question but ive just got a new horse and on its passport his breed is TB x Quantock. Can anyone enlighten me on what a Quantock is? The previous owners said they thought it was welsh cob x exmoor?? :rolleyes:
3rd Nov 2005, 12:15 PM
Ive never heard of a cob x emoor being referred to as a 'Quantock'.
Have you tried google?
3rd Nov 2005, 01:32 PM
There are ponies that are semi wild on the Quantock Hills I think, and these are referred to as Quantock ponies. An old friend did Endurance on a Quantock pony and he was still doing 25miles plus when he was 35! He looked like a stockier exmoor, but without the mealy muzzle.
3rd Nov 2005, 02:27 PM
Ah that makes much more sense and very interesting, i had never heard of quantock hills let alone the ponies :D
15th Nov 2005, 09:12 PM
quontock is a place in somerset, i know because i went there with school! i actually saw some wild ponies up there! :D :p
30th Nov 2005, 08:49 AM
I found out what it is! I found out what it is!
I was reading through some of my Mum's old books yesterday and came accross one called 'British Ponies' by Valerie Russell. It was written in 1956!
The Quantock pony is not a pure breed as such but about a century and a half ago it was thought that a herd of pure bred Exmoor ponies roamed the Quantock Hills (just east of Exmoor). Over the years people had introduced pure and part bred Arab stallions to the herd thus prodicing the Quantock pony.
So if your boy looks a bit TB/araby/exmoory ?????????
9th Dec 2005, 08:41 AM
Oh well done Lindz, ive searched on the internet but only found out quantock ponies live on quantock hills. That is soo interesting, cant see the arab but exmoory, yes - to be honest when you study him he looks like hes made up of all sorts - he,he!! Great well done, im really pleased I know a bit more about my heinz 57, thank you so much.
16th Dec 2005, 08:22 PM
Last autumn (2004) i went to the pony sales at the quantocks and bought a foal for my friend.
The horses on the moor are owned by individuals who have grazing rights on the moor, like dartmoor. The mares on there are pretty mixed but there is a bit of arab blood apparently - some of the foals definately looked like arab crossed and made a few hundred pounds.
The horses are bigger than the dartmoor and exmoor ponies, the herds may have started looking like that but the farmers have bred bigger horses into them to make them worth more money.
The stallion who goes out is decided by a concensus i think of these farmers. In 2003-4 he was a large 15.2-ish coloured cob who was unfortunately hit by a bus and killed.
My friend's colt foal was pretty small compared to the others and we paid £60 for him. It turned out he was only about 3 months old and it took him a while to catch up and put some weight on. He is now one and a half and about 14hh and looks very welsh; feathers and lots of bone. I don't have a photo yet sorry.
If the quantock pony was a breed is probably wouldn't be classed as one now except as a description of its origin because they are varied. There aren't that many horses on the quantocks - i don't know exactly how many there are but there was only about 30-40 foals for sale last year. The horses probably share the same qualities as the other hill ponies, tough hardy and intellegent (they didn't live in a field with all services laid on!)
Hope that helps!
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