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Horse Breeds
First Posted: July 31, 2009
Sep 28, 2010

Tibetan, Tebeti or Nafan Pony

Tibetan Pony

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Country of Origin: Tibet and China


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.

Physical Description

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.

For More Information:

The Long Rider's Guild
Cable News Network "Tibetan Discovery is 'A Horse of A Different Color'"

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