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Pónei da Terceira

Risk Level: at risk
Local Risk Level: critical
Listed by DAD-IS
Mountain horse breed from Portugal

Informations about the rare Pónei da Terceira

The Pónei da Terceira, also known as the Azores Pony, stands as a captivating testament to the rugged landscapes and resilient heritage of the Azores archipelago. This unique breed, characterized by its small stature and hardy nature, reflects the harmonious connection between the ponies and the volcanic islands they call home.

Origin and history of the Pónei da Terceira

Originating from the Azores, specifically the island of Terceira, the Pónei da Terceira has evolved over generations in response to the challenging environment of the archipelago. Its history is intertwined with the agrarian and rural life of the Azorean people, where these ponies were indispensable for agricultural tasks, transportation, and as steadfast companions. The breed’s development was shaped by the isolation of the islands and the need for resilient horses capable of navigating diverse terrains.

Character and features of the Pónei da Terceira

The Pónei da Terceira is characterized by its compact size, standing typically between 120 to 145 cm at the withers. Its sturdy build, strong legs, and thick coat reflect adaptations to the variable climate of the Azores. Known for its sure-footedness and endurance, this pony embodies resilience, making it well-suited for the volcanic landscapes and steep hills of the archipelago. The breed’s docile temperament further enhances its suitability for various roles.

Utilisation of the rare Pónei da Terceira

Traditionally, Póneis da Terceira were essential partners in Azorean agriculture, performing tasks such as plowing fields and transporting goods. Their adaptability to the challenging terrains of the islands made them indispensable to farmers. In contemporary times, while the demand for traditional agricultural work has diminished, these ponies continue to play a role in cultural events, leisure riding, and as ambassadors for the Azores’ rich equestrian heritage.

Current situation of the rare and endangered Pónei da Terceira

The Pónei da Terceira, though not officially classified as endangered, faces challenges due to modernization and changes in agricultural practices. Efforts led by local breed enthusiasts and organizations aim to preserve the breed’s unique genetic heritage and cultural significance. Conservation programs emphasize responsible breeding practices and education to ensure the continued survival and appreciation of the Azores Pony.

As these conservation endeavors progress, the Pónei da Terceira remains a living symbol of the Azores’ resilient spirit, embodying the enduring bond between the people of the archipelago and their hardy equine companions.

Native country

Portugal, Azores Islands


local, Azores Islands

Risk Level

Critical: ca. 120


120-142 cm

Coat colour

Bay, black, chestnut, grey



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Rare and endangered

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Other names of the Pónei da Terceira horse

Azores Pony — Terceira Pony

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