Pottok Ponies

The Pottok or Pottoka, is an endangered, semi-feral breed of pony native to the Pyrenees of the Basque Country in France and Spain. It is considered an ancient breed of horse, particularly well adapted to the harsh mountain areas it traditionally inhabits.
Once common, it is endangered through habitat loss, mechanization and crossbreeding but efforts are increasingly made to safeguard the future of this breed. It is considered iconic by the Basque people.
Their adaptation to mountain life and coloration made them ideal for use by smugglers in former times. From the 16th Century onwards, they became popular as circus horses but also as pit ponies in France and Britain. Today, they are in demand as children’s ponies because they adapt well to domestication.
Traditionally they were solid color coats, but piebalds were bred for circus use.

When the version 5.5 Horse update came out on October 7,2016 these exciting new coats were hidden in new starters. The Pottok Ponys are one set of many exciting possible Non-Starter coats that can come from breeding “Starter Horses”.
You can have a chance at one of these exciting Non-Starter Pottok Pony by breeding any horse with a starter horse or by breeding together two starter horses.
These coats CAN be passed on.

Starting on April 1, 2017 Amaretto announced the release of all new Birthstone Flower Horses. From October 1st 2017 until October 31st, 2017 when you bred any horse with a Marigold Opal Eye to any color Pottok Pony you had the chance at a Marigold Opal Pottok Pony! This beautiful coat DID NOT have the ability to pass, but the all new eye DID. So much like the show horses of the past, these beauties were fun to breed for!

When Amaretto brought the Showhorses back in 2018, From January 1st to January 31st if you bred any 2 Pottok Pony together you had a chance at getting a Showcase Pottok Pony! The Showcase Pottok Pony could be randomly birthed by breeding together any two horses that had Pottok Pony coats of any color. The Showcase Pottok Pony can NOT pass their coat. However, the Charming Eye and the Charming Saddle DO have the ability to pass.

Hope you enjoy your Pottok Ponies, along with a little of the history of this old breed.

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