|Country of origin:||Greece|
|Horse (Equus ferus caballus)|
The Peneia Pony () is a rare breed of pony from the Peloponnese in southern Greece. Peneia is a poetic name for the peninsula, often found in classical texts.
The breed was founded on an autochthonous Greek variety very possibly related to the Pindos, and later crossed with Anglo-Arab, Anglo-Norman and Nonius strains. Its herdbook was only established in 1995. The breed is found in Ilia and Achaia prefectures in the northwest of the Peloponnese.
Peneias generally stand between 10.1 and 14 hands high, and are usually bay, black, chestnut, or gray, although other colors are seen. They have a well-proportioned head with a convex profile and a well-set neck running into low withers, a wide chest, and muscular, sloping shoulders. They have a short back, sloping croup, and long lets with small, tough hooves.
The natural gait of the Peneia breed is fairly stilted, so they are usually taught a smoother gait called the aravani.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Springate, Lynda. "Twenty-five: Principal Pony Breeds of the World". The Encyclopedia of the Horse (reprint ed.). New York: Crescent Books. p. 205, s.v. "Peneia Pony". ISBN 0-517-18461-3.
- ↑ "Peneia Pony". EAAP Animal Genetic Data Book. http://www.tiho-hannover.de/einricht/zucht/eaap/descript/1193.htm. Retrieved December 29, 2007.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Bongianni, Maurizio (1988). Simon & Schuster's Guide to Horses and Ponies. Simon & Schuster, Inc.. p. 162. ISBN 0671660683.
- ↑ "Peneia". Equine Kingdom. http://www.equinekingdom.com/breeds/ponies/peneia.htm. Retrieved December 29, 2007.
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