About Tibetan Pony Horses
Tebetan Ponies are descended from ancient stock, likely
partly from Mongolian Ponies and Chinese pony breeds, although they have been
bred pure for years. They are 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. They were sent as gifts to Chinese Emperors, especially
during the Ming and Tang dynasties.
As small as they are the ponies are known for their
incredible strength and endurance, for sure-footedness and resilience. Their
heads usually have a pronounced jaw line, straight profile, and small ears and
eyes. The neck is a muscular and a short, the chest is deep, the shoulder is
straight. The ponies have powerful hindquarters, and short, strong legs with
good joints. They have strong hoof. Standing at 12.2 hh, they are usually bay
or gray, but may be any solid color.
They are are used as light draft animals, packing and
Tibetan Ponies have been extensively crossbred with the
Bhutia Ponies and the Spiti Ponies to create a new type called the Indian
Country Bred. However, Tibetan ponies in their pure form does retain their
individual characteristics and heritage.