The Dales comes from the northeast of England: they say the eastern slopes of the Pennines is its territory, while its neighbor Fell - whose characteristics are very similar - is on the other side of those hills.
Dales, in Gaelic, means "valley". The origins of the Dales are very old indeed and is generally credited with a Celtic ancestry. The Dales were first bred to the saddle and the line to make it easier for farmers. However, farming has found outlets to the then thriving industry of lead, mainly. They were asked to travel 80 kilometers a day at least, heavily laden with minerals (lead and other), on rough terrain. They remade the road in the opposite direction and brought in their baskets, various materials required for the activity of minors. Thus, the valleys of double pony will acquire a certain nobility and a trot that do, and still do, appreciate beyond England in competitions such (trotting races in particular).
The military will eventually be interested in these qualities (endurance, strength, speed) and take it for a relatively long time to less peaceful activities. Equine populations will pay a heavy price to conflicts of men. This craze for military Dales will let the race to the brink of extinction: many of these double-ponies perish under the shells of the enemy and the survivors left behind at the end of the conflict will end their existence in trim starving Europeans.
In 1955, only four fillies will be recognized. In the late 50s, the Society for the Improvement of the Dales Pony (The Dales Pony Improvement Society) founded in 1916 is fully reorganize to undertake the rescue of the Dales, considered "endangered", will set up its own records, will perform a large inventory, and will establish a well defined standard. It was not until the 70s that the Dales sort of category "endangered". Today, there are approximately 600 double-Dales ponies in the world, including thirty in France. The Dales remains "a rare species."