The pack-horse pony ('ealfara' in Old English) was a small, fat-bodied, sturdy horse with short legs. Ideal for carrying heavy loads the pack ponies were the only reliable means of transporting goods. The ponies carried their loads in panniers or baskets on either side of their saddles and a pack load could weigh up to 240 pounds.
The Connemara Pony originates from Galway and is a descendant of the Celtic
The British Spotted Pony, seen depicted in the cave paintings of Stoneage can be traced back to pre-historic times.
The Dales Pony is a native of the Pennine Range. These ponies were used extensively in the lead and coal mining industry.
The Dartmoor ponies of Devon have roamed the moor for centuries. They were used as pack ponies in the tin mines.
The Exmoor Pony is a rare ancient breed of pony which is now listed as endangered.
The Highland Pony, a native of Scotland excels in its ability to carry the heaviest load.
The New Forest Pony was mentioned in Canute's Forest Laws and a Royal Stud was maintained in the forest during the middle ages.
The Shetland Pony is one of the oldest and purest of Britain's native breeds.
The Welsh Pony had appeared in the mountains of Wales well before the arrival of the Romans.
The Fell Pony descended from the early Celtic pony and has been recognisable as a breed in England since early Roman times.