Thousands of Newfoundland ponies once roamed Newfoundland. In the 1960's, the Newfoundland pony was replaced by ATVs, tractors, snowmobiles and other mechanical equipment. Fencing laws were enacted and breeding was discouraged. Many ponies were sold by their owners who thought they were going to new homes but in fact most were sent to horse slaughter and meat processing plants in Quebec. They were taken off the island in tractor trailer loads.
ONLY ABOUT 400 SURVIVE TODAY WITH ABOUT 250 LEFT OF BREEDING AGE.
Since 2013, villi poni and its founder emily chetkowski have been involved with ensuring the welfare of and rehoming almost 80.
Groups such as the Newfoundland Pony Society, Villi poni farm and Equus survival trust are hard at work taking measures to save the breed.