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Horse Breeds
First Posted: Aug 4, 2009
Dec 16, 2014

Kirdi, Cameroon, Lakka, Logone, Mbai, M'baye, Pony Mousseye, Moussey, Mussey, Nigerian Pony, Pagan and Sara Pony

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Countries of Origin: Chad and Cameroon

The Kirdi Pony is also often referred to as the Mousseye Pony, Cameroon, Lakka, Logone, Mbai, and Mussey. It is thought that they come from the Logone River in the sub-Sahel region of Cameroon (southwest Chad and northern Cameroon). They are named for the Mousseye tribe in southeastern Cameroon who raise them. Logone River basin As noted above, there are multiple names often used to describe these ponies. Perhaps this may explain why the exact heritage is not known. Future DNA research may clarify their exact lineage and origin. Many think that they all may have some common roots with the Nigerian.

In 1826 they were first noted. It was not until 1926 that a description of these ponies was actually recorded. Not much research has been done on them. The population has been rapidly declining and is in danger of extinction. There have been no regimented breeding programs. However, in 1986 the Cameroon government created an Equine Program to safeguard the Kirdi (Mousseye Pony) from extinction and to develop the horse industry in Cameroon. There are some who believe that this breed comes from the blood of the mighty Barb, having evolved smaller in size because of the shortage of forage. Perhaps a DNA research program will validate the belief of Barb lineage.

Breed Characteristics

This pony is docile and willing. It has a large, massive head, intelligent eyes, small, erect ears, short, thick neck, and short, strong legs. The breed possesses great stamina and endurance. It is about 12 hh and is traditionally chestnut or grey. These ponies are small but also exhibit some horse-like characteristics. Like the Nigerian, the Kirdi has been described as a 'degenerate Barb'.

Interestingly, this fairly rare pony mainly lives in the area around the river Logone, notorious for the tsetse fly that produced sleeping sickness. The "Kirdi Pony" appears to be resistant to this, while other equine breeds are not. They (specifically the Kirdi) lives a very geographically isolated existence and have been largely unaffected by other breeds. The Kirdi is used for hunting, riding, transportation, for some military uses and for barter and money exchange.


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