There was a lot of interest about Queen Victoria and Fyvie. I decided to do Jane’s version of impeccable research, and I Googled horse breeds in Scotland. I spent a whole ten minutes on this, so I expect to receive some sort of scholarly award for the, uh, extreme thoroughness of my research.
(Yup, that’s a disclaimer!)
Fyvie may be a Highland pony, native to Scotland, that ranges from 13 hh to 14.2 hh. Or he may be an XL Highland pony that may or may not be crossed with Clydesdale. These crosses were frequently referred to as a Garron or Garran. The Clydesdale/Highland cross was bred to make a small, tough, draft horse for local farm work. My possibly incorrect conclusion from surveying several (minimal) sources is the term ‘Highland Pony’ also includes the Garron.
Two of the articles noted Garrons are much despised. No reasons given. (Anyone know why?) Overhearing the word “Garron” in conversation might refer to the breed, or it might be the descriptive equivalent of the time you called your horse a mule after a particularly bad ride.
The Patron of the Highland Pony Society is the Queen of England.
Therefore my incredibly pretentious and possibly galling conclusion is that Fyvie might indeed be a large version of the Highland Pony. Given people were generally of shorter stature in the 1800’s, technically Fyvie may be pony-sized.
I want one. But I want one of nearly every breed, so I’m not sure that counts.