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Tibetan Pony

Tibetan Pony
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Country of origin: Tibet and China
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)


The Tibetan Pony is today found in Tibet.

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History

It descended from ancient stock, likely partly from the Mongolian Pony and Chinese breeds, although it has been bred pure for years. The ponies are well-regarded by the local people, and they have been traditionally kept by both wealthy Tibetans and farmers alike, as well as by the Dalai Lama. The ponies were sent as gifts to Chinese Emperors, especially during the Ming and Tang dynasties.

Characteristics

The ponies are known for their incredible strength and endurance for their size, as well as their sure-footedness and resilience. They are mostly kept as light draft animals, as well as for pack and riding work.

The head of the ponies usually have a pronounced jaw line, straight profile, and small ears and eyes. The neck is a muscular and a bit short, the chest is deep, the shoulder is straight. The ponies have prowerful hindquarters, and short, strong legs with good joints. Standing at 12.2 hh, they are usually bay or gray, but may be any solid color.

Cross Breeding

The Tibetan Pony has been extensively crossbred with the Bhutia Pony and the Spiti Pony to create a new type called the Indian Country Bred. The Tibetan in its pure form does retain its individual characteristics and heritage, however.

See also


fr:Poney tibétain

sv:Tibetansk ponny


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