The Dales Pony - A pony for work
The ability to carry heavy loads was not entirely uninteresting for British farmers either, and so it happened that they also discovered the Dales Ponies for themselves. Even back then, the Dales Pony was very comfortable to ride and equally strong for the heavy work on the farm. The ponies could pull carts with a load weight of about one ton over long distances. So a farm worker often sat on the Dales Pony while it pulled the heavy load up the English "Fells". The Dales Pony also did this with ease in winter when deep snow covered the landscape. With two Dales Ponies in front of a vehicle, it was possible to plow the field, but also to elegantly cover longer distances in a brisk trot.
In the late 18th century, the roads were paved, making it much easier to transport goods. Thus, the demand for faster horse breeds for the post or travel carriages increased. The most popular horse for this was the Norfolk Cob. Here, the stallion Shales, born in 1755 and significantly integrated into the Dales Pony bloodline, was particularly popular. Even today, many well-known bloodlines can be traced back to this stallion. The Dales Pony owes its particularly fast trot, with which it can easily cover long distances without a break without losing its carrying and pulling capacity, to this crossbreeding.