In 2015, my Fell Pony herd grew more colorful when two black mares departed. My curiosity led me to look at how the colorfulness of my herd compared to other 'herds.' Here are highlights from my research:
- My herd is indeed more colorful than the worldwide foal crops from ten years ago and more recently. Of course in a herd my size (relatively small), a change in population of one pony has a big impact on numbers!
- The worldwide foal crop has also become more colorful from 2005 to 2013, with the biggest change being the increase in bay/brown ponies.
- The North American 2013 foal crop was slightly more colorful than England’s or the worldwide one. It was also more colorful than the North American population overall.
- The North American 2013 foal crop had a higher percentage of grays than the average for the breed.
- The Dutch only registered black foals in 2013.
The original article appeared in the June 2015 edition of Fell Pony News from Willowtrail Farm. To read the entire article, click here.