This pony is doubtless a very close relation of the Westmoreland tap-root, if not identically the same animal, and also resembles the Rum pony in its conformation, so that the description given of the latter may be taken as applying equally to the subject of this chapter, though the Dale pony is, generally speaking, rather the more breedy-looking animal of the two. At the same time, it is difficult to believe that there is not some intimate relationship between them, though doubtless the Dales have received more attention from north-country breeders than have the Rum ponies from the Scotsmen of the west coast. A very great recommendation of the Dale pony is his great stamina, as some members of the variety are credited with having travelled immense distances under heavy burdens; whilst the strength of their constitutions is borne evidence to by the fact that they exist and flourish on the hills on the borders of England and Scotland under conditions which would render existence impossible in the case of most horses. Like the Rum pony, the Dale pony is extremely sure-footed, and being as it were a sort of half-way breed between the horse and the pony, the Fells should prove acceptable additions to the establishments of those who desire to possess a sturdy, useful animal of rather less stature than the ordinary cob. Finally, as a proof of the antiquity and stamina of the English north-country pony, it may be stated that an account is in existence of a Mr. Sinclair of Kirkby-Lonsdale having, for a wager of 500 guineas, ridden a Galloway 1000 miles in 1000 hours at Carlisle in the year 1701, the Galloway being presumably a Fell pony.