The British Spotted Pony is an endearing creature recognised for his unusual coat markings, his wonderful temperament and versatility.
He was at one time feral in the British Isles and his spotted coat pattern was his natural camouflage as he roamed the heaths and forests of ancient Britain from the ice age onwards. At this time England and France were one land mass and cave paintings dating from 18;000 BC at Peche Merle in SW France illustrate early mans impressions of the animals he hunted and obviously had some mystical/religous influence.
Through history the Spotted Pony has been regarded as somewhat magical and mystical and were subsequently highly regarded by Royalty and noblemen so befitting of there steed. During Roman times, some of the mounts of the more important officers were spotted horses of great elegance and from old paintings and documents, we have learned that many of the fine horses sent as gifts between the Royal families of Europe were spotted.
After the last war, there was a great awakening of interest in spotted equines many of which were exported to Australia, America, Canada, and Europe. In 1947 a Society called the British Spotted Horse and Pony Society was formed to keep a register of them.
With so many having left our shores during the 1960's and 1970's the British Spotted Pony became relatively rare and so in 1976, the Society split with the ponies of 14.2hh and under being looked after by The British Spotted Pony Society, while the bigger ones went under the wing of the British Appaloosa Society.