THE TOUGH ‘FOREST RAM’
The Gotland pony is an ancient breed known locally as ‘forest ram’.
The Gotland pony is Sweden’s oldest horse and its only native pony. It is lithe and a good jumper, making it ideal for children.
The breed is thought to have lived in a wild or semi-wild state in Gotland’s forests, and a semi-wild herd still live in a reserve on Lojsta heath.
In the 1800s, conditions for the ponies started to change. The vast forests where they roamed and grazed were turned into fenced-in, cultivated land. The ponies soon came to be regarded as pests that caused damage with their grazing and trampling, and farmers wanted them off their land.
The Gotland pony is Least concern according to Lantrasforums Red List.