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La Rhune 2007

the mountain of the Pottok Ponys

  Linie a Pottok mare

In the summer 2007 we spent our vacation in the French Basque country.
We wanted to regard the Pottok Pony mare judge in Ascain
and the horse market in Garris.
We also wanted to see if the Pottok Ponies are really still living half wildly in the pyreneans.

Linie a Pottok herd

On 23 July 2007 we took the rack railway Le Petite Train de La Rhune to get up to the mountain La Rhune.
The name La Rhune derived from the basque larre-dun and means pasture place.

Linie de-La-Rhune Foals

At a nice place under trees grazed a herd with their foals.

Linie under the fern there is the pasture

From the slowly driving course we could notice some Pottok Ponys in the high fern.
But there were not much sheep and horse to see.

Linie a Griffon vulture

After half an hour we arrived the peak.
There was a fresh wind blowing.
Griffon vulture were flying over the top.

Linie a Coral for sheep with four Pottoka Ponies near by

The border between France and Spain is running on the top of the La Rhune mountain.
On the Spanish side we recognized a coral for sheep's and four Pottoka Ponies.

Linie a skeleton on the La Rhune mountain

On the search for further Pottok Ponies we followed the mountain degree
and discovered a skeleton at a rocky slope.
We could not recognize the skull,
but it could have been an accident Pony,
which was eaten by the Griffon vultures.

Linie black Pottok Ponys

Soon three black horses came up on the mountain.

Linie a black Pottok Pony on the La Rhune mountain

One of the ponies was marked with the letter P as a fire character.
They grazed peacefully on the mountain.

Linie social skin care by Pottok Ponys on the La Rhune

The Pottok Ponies made social skin care to one another.
When tourists approached them, they moved away.

Linie a Pottok Pony

While we drove back to the vally, we saw only one herd near to the rack railway.

Linie basque mountains, the homeland of the Pottok Ponys

On the next day we wanted to visit the Maison du Pottok in Biddary.
But we didn't find any sign of it.
So we asked for it and we were told that it does not exist any longer.
Therefore we drove to the spanish-basque village Erratzu
and afterwards to Ainhoa searching for the Pottok-de-Montagne.

Linie a freely running Pottok Pony herd

Some horse muck at the street gave us a indication that Ponies must be near.
We saw them in the farn above the road.

Linie Pottok Ponies with cut in ears

They stay near to a sheep stable with a watering place.
Some horses had a notch in the ear.

Linie Pottok Pony with horse bell

Some Ponies were marked with the fire character letters JH.
Some carried a belt with a bell around the neck.

Linie the sorrel Pottok stallion

A stallion accompanied the herd.
He was neither burned nor notched in the ear.
No horse bell hung at his neck.

Linie the Pottok Pony stallion

Two sorrel mares were quite bigger than the other mares and the stallion.
Perhaps they belong to another breed?

Linie Pottok Pony with a cut in ear

These were the only horses we could come close to.


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Pottoks              Mirabelle - the Pottok Pony mare talks about her life
                         Pottok-Ponys - some Pottok-Ponys introduce themself
                         The Pottok - the little horse from the Basque
                         Pottok Standard A - the French breeding description of the Pottok Ponys group A
                         Pottok Standard B - the French breeding description of the Pottok Ponys group B
                         The Pottoka - the spanish Poni Vasco Navarro
                         Bern 2003 - the Pottok-Breeding-Show
                         Burgdorf 2005 - the Pottok-Breeding-Show
                         Elevage du Bruehli- the Pottok-Pony stud farm
                         Ascain 2007- the Pottok judge in the Basque country
                         La Rhune 2007- the mountain of the Pottok Ponys
                         Garris 2007- The horse market in the Basque country

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