Pindos Pony

The Pindos (Greek: αλογάκι της Πίνδου) is breed of pony or small horse native to the Pindus mountain range in Thessaly and Epirus in Greece. It is also present in mountainous parts of Thrace and Macedonia. There is a feral herd near Neochori, Karditsa, close to Lake Plastiras.[2]:496

Conservation statusFAO (2007): endangered-maintained [1]:54
Other names
  • Pindhos
Country of originGreece
DistributionEpirus, Thessaly
  • average: 132 cm

The Pindos is hardy and frugal, with good stamina, and is used for riding, driving, and as a pack and draught animal for forestry and farming. The hooves are boxy and narrow but strong, so shoeing is not often needed.[3]:43 It is smaller and shorter than the Thessalian, with an average height at the withers of about 132 cm.[2]:496[3]:42

In 2002 the recorded population consisted of 464 breeding mares and 81 stallions.[4]


  1. ^ Barbara Rischkowsky, D. Pilling (eds.) (2007). List of breeds documented in the Global Databank for Animal Genetic Resources, annex to The State of the World's Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. Rome: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. ISBN 9789251057629. Accessed November 2016.
  2. ^ a b Valerie Porter, Lawrence Alderson, Stephen J.G. Hall, D. Phillip Sponenberg (2016). Mason's World Encyclopedia of Livestock Breeds and Breeding (sixth edition). Wallingford: CABI. ISBN 9781780647944.
  3. ^ a b Elwyn Hartley Edwards (1994). The Encyclopedia of the Horse. London; New York; Stuttgart; Moscow: Dorling Kindersley. ISBN 0751301159.
  4. ^ Breed description: Pindos Pony. Department of Animal Breeding and Genetics, School of Veterinary Medicine Hannover. Archived 3 April 2008.

Further readingEdit

  • Springate, Lynda (1997). "Twenty-five: Principal Pony Breeds of the World". The Encyclopedia of the Horse. New York: Crescent Books. pp. 205, s.v. "Pindos Pony". ISBN 0-517-18461-3.