|First Posted: July 30, 2009|
Sep 28, 2010
Sumba and Sumbawa PoniesSumba and Sumbawa Ponies
The Sumba Pony and Sumbawa Pony are named after the island on which they are bred--the Sumba Island and Sumbawa Island respectively. However, the two breeds are similar enough that they may be considered one. The Sumba and Sumbawa Ponies come from the Mongolian Horses and ancient Chinese stock. A closely related breed also developed in these islands is the Sandalwood Pony which has Arabian bloodlines.Physical Description
The ponies are quick, agile, athletic, and fast, with great endurance, and a willing temperament. They usually have primitive coloring, being dun with a dorsal stripe and black points, although they may be any color. The Sumba and Sumbawa have a heavy head, short, muscular neck, and low withers. The back is usually long, although it is still strong, and the legs are fine but tough with good hooves. Most ponies do not exceed 12.2 hh. The average height is around 12 hh.
Sumba and Sumbawa ponies are today used for pack, riding, and light draft work. They are incredibly strong, and many are ridden by men in games of lance throwing despite never reaching 13 hands high. Young boys also ride the ponies bareback in traditional dance competitions, maneuvering them in patterns as instructed. The knee of the ponies are decorated with bells, that chime in rhythm to the drumming.
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