- 24 November 2010
- The yard, home or coal face.....
Showing my total ignorance here, so please treat me kindly, can I ask if a Dales is a sort of scaled up Fell pony with similar attributes?
Fells go to 14hh, Dales had the 14.2 limit removed a few years ago which led (imho) to a loss of type in the larger ones. No minimum height for either breed.
Attributes? Yes, similar, but with the loss of type on the bigger 15hh+ Dales 'ponies' in particular, you have a much more horse type of frame and dare I say it, often a loss of the action the breed has.
Older breeders of each breed will talk about a Fell-type in the Dales, where they look more pony like, and a Dalesy-type Fell which is more plain in the head etc.
Having had Fells from 82 and some Dales intermittently right through and produced to top end, they are very much different breeds but similar in some ways..... clear as mud eh? 🤔🤣