The Irish ponies can scarcely be accepted as being indigenous to the Emerald Isle, as, though they chiefly come from the Galway districts, any originality of type which they may have once possessed has become so defaced by the various crosses which the breed has been subjected to that it has quite disappeared. Some enthusiasts hold that the original ponies were rescued from the wrecks of the Spanish Armada, but there is no real authority for the belief. The most famous of them are the Connemara ponies, a long, low, heavy-boned, very useful type of pony. In colour they are usually chestnut, and they run from about 14 hands upwards. As a rule they are excellent workers, but as foundation stock for commencing breeding operations upon, the Irish pony as a race scarcely possesses enough of a pronounced type to be recommended, though beyond all question the introduction of a number of small-sized stallions of good quality into Ireland is calculated to effect a very great improvement in both their appearance and value.