Photos and informations about the rare Carneddau Pony breed, Forgotten Horses a photographic project about endangered equines by The Pixel Nomad

Carneddau Pony

Risk Level: At Risk
Local Risk Level: Critical
Feral mountain horse from Wales

Informations about the rare Carneddau Pony

The Carneddau Pony is a distinct and hardy breed of wild mountain pony native to the Carneddau mountains in North Wales, UK. These ponies are known for their resilience, having adapted to survive the harsh conditions of their mountainous habitat. Their existence in the region dates back centuries, with the ponies playing a significant role in the local ecosystem and cultural heritage.

Origin and history of the Carneddau Pony

The Carneddau Pony’s origins are steeped in history, tracing back to the Celtic and Roman periods in Britain. These ponies are believed to have roamed the Welsh mountains for thousands of years, with their presence in the Carneddau range being a testament to their ability to adapt and thrive in challenging environments. Their isolation and the difficult terrain have helped preserve the breed’s unique characteristics over generations.

Character and features of the Carneddau Pony

Carneddau Ponies are known for their hardiness, sure-footedness, and ability to navigate the rugged landscape of their mountainous home. They are relatively small, standing around 114 to 127 cm tall, with a sturdy build. These ponies have thick coats that protect them from the cold, and they exhibit a range of colors, including gray, bay, black and roan. Their temperament is generally wild and independent, though they can be gentle and friendly when socialized with humans.

Utilisation of the rare Carneddau Pony

Historically, Carneddau Ponies were used for various purposes, including agriculture, transportation, and as pit ponies in mines. Today, their primary role is conservation grazing, helping to maintain the biodiversity of the Carneddau mountains. They are also valued for recreational riding and as companions, although their wild nature requires experienced handling.

Current situation of the rare and endangered Carneddau Pony

The population of Carneddau Ponies is relatively small, with estimates suggesting a few hundred individuals remaining in the wild. With a population numbering in the hundreds as of 2020, the Carneddau ponies face fluctuations influenced by weather conditions. Despite challenges, including a significant population loss during a harsh winter in 2013, they demonstrated resilience, rebounding in subsequent years. Their status is considered vulnerable due to factors such as habitat loss, genetic isolation, and changing environmental conditions. Conservation efforts led by local families, who own and care for them, include annual roundups for health checks and selective sales to maintain a balanced and healthy population.

Native country

Wales, UK


local, Snowdonia

Risk Level

Critical: ca. 500


114-127 cm

Coat colour

Bay, black, chestnut, grey, roan


local communities

Forgotten horse

Rare and endangered

Free Horse

feral population; free roaming in the mountains

Other names of the Carneddau Pony horse

Small Welsh Mountain Pony

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Carneddau Pony

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