The little Creole pony is prized in some portions of Louisiana. They have been called "pocket editions of the thoroughbred race-horse." When crossed with the Shetland, ponies are often produced which are not only lively and hardy but gentle as well.
There are several valuable breeds of ponies in South America. Those of the pampas are numerous and are from the same foundation stock as are those of North America. All of the native breeds and varieties of ponies, - and there are many of both in North and South America, - trace back to those found roaming wild over plains and pampas; and these, in turn, go back to a common ancestry - the smallish, warmblooded horses of Spain. Within the last few years, all of the ponies of the plains have become modified, and it is not now easy to find typical specimens of the ponies of half a century ago.
The ponies of the plains are not inferior broodmares, considering their diminutive size. They range from twelve to fourteen hands high and in weight from six hundred to nine hundred pounds. If mated with the large breeds, their progeny reaches a fair size. The blood of the ponies, when judiciously mingled with the phlegmatic draft breeds, - that is, when the difference in the size of sire and dam is not too great, - results in a fair-sized, active, good-tempered, courageous animal, suitable for moderate driving, the plow or light draft. So the Indian and mustang ponies have furnished some good acclimated brood-mares, without which the farmer and the breeder of the western plains would have been greatly inconvenienced in early days, in the production of the commoner's horse. With good roads and the increase of toilsome, productive work and wealth, must come the roadster, the coacher and the draft-horse, the stylish saddler and the children's safe horse. Like the Indians, these ponies become subject to that inexorable law, "the survival of the fittest," which is not stayed long by wish or will or painstaking effort.