Bajau is a breed of Malaysian ponies valued by the native people for their ability to survive and work in the tropical climate. The Bajau horsemen, commonly called the Cowboys of the East, decorate these ponies with colorful outfits and put them on display as show or riding horses at the annual event Tamu Besar.
|Temperament/Personality||Calm, willing, able, friendly|
|Physical Characteristics||Large head, straight profile, large ears; short, straight, and narrow neck, slim body with slender chest|
|Colors||Bay is common; white markings are common|
|Height (size)||Approximately 12 hands (122 cm, 48 in)|
|Common Uses||Herding, transportation, working pony; used as show horse in festivals for tourist attractions|
|Health||Strong and hardy; not prone to parasitic infections because of its tolerance to hot and humid climate|
|Popular Traits||Sturdy, tough|
|Feeding/Diet||Hay, grass, grain, supplementary fats, water|
|Country of Origin||Malaysia|
The Bajau ponies, whose origin although obscure, are thought to be developed by the Bajau horsemen of Kota Belud. These people are expert equestrians, traditionally involved in breeding and supplying excellent race horses. On Tamu Besar, the horsemen use the Bajau ponies to do various movements and formations.