Fell pony

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Fell pony

an English riding pony similar to the Dales pony but smaller. Black, brown, bay and occasionally gray; 13 to 14 hands high.

Fell pony syndrome
a congenital, eventually fatal disease that manifests with a profound anemia and immunodeficiency associated with a B-lymphopenia and a failure to produce immunoglobulins.
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Like the ponies of the New Forest, Exmoor and Dartmoor, fell ponies are mustered once a year and counted.
Mrs Raines, who keeps six fell ponies, has had one die from the syndrome.
She estimates that there are around 5,000 fell ponies,which constitutes a small gene pool, and says that other scientists are looking into possible causes besides the genetic theory.
Local breeds will have a high profile, from Herdwick and Rough Fell sheep to Fell ponies.
In the early 1990s the group moved to Linnel Wood, the home of Bob & Sarah Charlton and the famous Linnel Fell ponies, where it remained for 10 years.
Ms Dalton, who studied zoology at Edinburgh University and undertook a masters degree in biology before becoming a project officer with Cumbria Wildlife Trust, currently grazes her own Wiltshire horn sheep, Shetland cattle and Fell ponies on a 28-acre piece of hill ground near Kendal.
The caption read, 'Jimmy who has sired more than twenty champion fell ponies and is a great grandfather several times over has been living in honourable retirement for the past four years'.
A ONE-day event is to be held in Northumberland for fell ponies.
Organised visits to see Fell ponies in their natural environment;
Visits by school parties to working farms where Fell ponies are in use;
Over the centuries Fell ponies have been used for a variety of purposes including building Roman walls, smuggling along the northern coast and more generally as pack animals.