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Java ponies were developed on the island of Java inrnIndonesia. Most likely they are descended from wild forebears of Mongolian WildrnHorses. There are eight breeds native to Indonesia, the others are the BatakrnPony, Gayoe, Deli pony, Bali Pony, Sumba, and Sumbawa Pony, and Timor Pony. ThernDutch East India Company played a part in the development of many differentrnIndonesian breeds through their introduction of oriental horses. Their firstrnfactory was established on the island of Java during the 1500s and from thatrntime on they have imported harness and pack horses. A large part of the Java'srnheritage is due to the crossing of local stock with Arabian and Barb horsesrnthat were imported.rnrn 

rnrnThe average height is about 11.2-12.2 hh. They are found inrna variety of colors. The Java Ponies are a robust breed noted for workingrnability and endurance. The lightweight conformation of the breed isrnwell-adapted to the tropical climate of Indonesia. They are tough and wiry.rnTheir light frame may be due to nutrition deficient diets. The Java is notrnunremarkable, with a slightly attractive head with long ears and lively,rnexpressive eyes. Their necks are usually quite short and very muscular, and thernwithers are pronounced, the shoulders reasonably sloping, and their chests deeprnand wide. They tend to have long backs and a slightly sloping croup with a highrntail-set, probably reminiscent of their Arabian ancestry. The legs of thisrnbreed are poorly formed but surprisingly strong. They have fine bones withrnpoorly developed joints and long cannon bones, and their feet are hard andrntough.rnrn rnrn 

rnrnThe Java Pony is primarily used in agriculture in ruralrnareas and for the transportation of passengers and goods in the cities. Theyrnare privately bred throughout the islands, though breeding is in many casesrnsubsidized by the state, and ponies on various islands of Indonesia havernnoticeable differences in breed characteristics. Today's Java pony is notrnstartlingly similar to the Arabian in conformation but does seem to haverninherited the Arabian's desert nature and remains highly resistant to heat. Itrnalso has inherited the incredible endurance and stamina from the Arab, and inrnspite of its small, weak-looking frame, can wok relentlessly all day inrnbroiling heat. One of these ponies' main jobs is pulling sados, which are arntype of horse-drawn Indonesian taxi. They are often piled high with both goodsrnand people but the Java ponies pull them with little apparent effort. They arernalso quite useful as pack ponies and for riding, and are used for bothrnprofessions on the island. Unlike other Indonesian breeds, the Java pony isrnoften ridden with a wooden saddle that has quite extraordinary stirrups. Thernstirrups have a piece of rope with a loop in the end through which the riderrnputs his toe. The Java ponies are very willing, quiet, and they have very goodrntemperaments.

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