Newfoundland Pony Cam

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The Newfoundland Pony is a registered breed and official Heritage Animal of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Descended from work horses imported by early settlers from the British Isles, the ponies were interbred over the next 400 years and developed traits that helped them thrive in our harsh environment. Their thick coat, mane and tail, and furry ears, make them winter hardy; their hard hooves make them sure-footed on our rocky terrain; their hooded eyelids keep out snow, rain and pests. They are friendly and loyal, hard-working and strong. They once numbered in the thousands, but in the latter half of the 20th century their population plummeted to less than 100 as they were replaced by machines for farming and transportation. They were on the edge of extinction when The Newfoundland Pony Society formed in 1979. Thanks to their lobbying efforts, the pony is now protected by the province, its heritage is better understood, a registry of Newfoundland ponies has been established, and new breeders have been found and encouraged. Today the Newfoundland Pony population is slowly recovering, currently numbered at around 600 animals inside and outside the province.