The pony was used in the old days to carry or haul heavy loads at the farms and when it wasn't at work, it was released onto the mountains where it roamed free. Today it is mostly used as a riding horse for children.
The Faroe pony has been on the Faroe Islands for many hundreds of years. By the 1960s there were approximately five to six horses left on the Faroe Islands because of the extensive exporting of horses from the Faroes for use in mining (as pit ponies) in the United Kingdom. With huge efforts, the number has now increased to about 50 horses and the aim is to maintain and develop it further.
The Faroe pony has since been recognised as a unique breed.
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