|First Posted: July 31, 2009|
Sep 28, 2010
Tibetan, Tebeti or Nafan PonyTibetan Pony
The Tebetan Pony descended from ancient stock, likely partly from the Mongolian Pony and Chinese breeds, although it has been bred pure for years. The ponies 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. The ponies 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.
The ponies are used as light draft animals, packing and riding.
The Tibetan Pony has been extensively crossbred with the Bhutia Pony and the Spiti Pony to create a new type called the Indian Country Bred. The Tibetan in its pure form does retain its individual characteristics and heritage, however.
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