Dales pony is shown untrimmed and unplaited, except that some
ponies are shown with a traditional tail plait bearing a ribbon.
This is gently discouraged, but is considered by some to be a
useful 'marker' for the breed in mixed classes, where judges
can be less than familiar with the breed.
and tails should be full and flowing, and 'a yard long'. Feather
should be full, curtaining the coronets and hooves.
are usually shown in white halters, and the mares are also traditionally
shown in this way, but may also wear either a riding or in-hand
stallions - stallions three years and over - are shown in full
stallion tack, and this is a rule at the Breed Shows.
not black, is correct attire for riders, and medium weight tack
should be used to show the pony to full advantage.