About Indian Country Bred Horse Horses
Indian Country Bred is the common name for a inter-bred
mixture of Bhutia Ponies, Spiti Ponies, and Tibetan Ponies. These animals have
been interbred for years so that many of the individual characteristics of the
Bhutia and Spiti have been lost, and they now are categorized as "Indian
Country Bred." They originated in the Himalayan region of India, and are
now found in the Buhtan, Sikkim, and Darjeeling regions of India.
They were well suited to mountainous climate and terrain,
they are not as able to endure humidity and heat. In fact, they are given to
sun stroke and have trouble equalizing their internal temperature. A lack of
nutritious grasses generally affects the growth and development of these
ponies, although they have become incredibly tough and self-sufficient,
requiring little fodder. Their conformation is usually not superior. They have
a large head and pronounced jaw, short neck, low withers, sloping quarters, and
deep chest. Their shoulder is a bit straight and upright, the legs, although
short, are very strong. Bhutia-type ponies range in height from 12-13.2 hh, and
are usually gray in color, although a few are chestnut or roan. Spiti-type
ponies usually never get taller than 12 hh, and they are usually gray or dun in
color, although they may be any solid color.
Country Bred ponies are kept for work, as pack animals and sometimes for
riding. They have great endurance and stamina. They generally have a willing
and quiet temperament.