A strong but not coarse animal, the Dales pony has played an important role in the history of England's economy their trotting ability made them particularly sought after as pack ponies able to carry heavy weights over very rough ground. Today their stamina and calm temperament make them ideal for trekking, and as driving ponies.Today, the Dales is coming into its own as a trekking and competition driving pony. Dales are tough and hardy, with particularly hard legs and feet, and are able to withstand harsh outdoor conditions. They are quiet, but show intelligence and personality. The Dales pony is the one native British breed which has never been truly wild. Although descended from the primitive Celtic pony, it has received infusions of other blood. The Dales pony hails from the Yorkshire hills and dales on the eastern side of the Pennine hills which run down the northern half of England. Dale ponies stand about 14 hands high.