Spot the pony

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A foal recently born in Wembley Point, near Plymouth has been nicknamed Spotty due to his Dalmatian like appearance.

Local Warden, Lorna Sheriff said, “We’ve nicknamed him spotty. He looks just like a Dalmatian. It’s very unusual to see a pony his colourings. Most of the ponies we have grazing are a lovely chocolate brown or cream colour.”

The foal’s real name is Pongo and is a crossbreed of Dartmoor and British spotted pony. Spotted ponies were once wild in the UK and the coat was a natural camourflage as they roamed the forests and countryside of ancient Britain. Stone age man painted murals of spotted creatures, which also appear in ancient manuscripts. During the Roman era, important officers would be given a spotted horse as a symbol of power and status.

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