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By Jeffery Garfield

Last updated: 5th July 2023

Batak Pony


Jeffery Garfield
Last updated: 5th July 2023

The Batak is a multi-talented breed of ponies originating from Indonesia. Known for its elegance and fine conformation, the Batak Pony is the second most popular Indonesian breed. It is believed that these equines were derived from ancient breeding stocks.

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Quick Information

Other Names Deli Pony, kuda-Deli
Temperament / Personality Kind, willing, easy to manage, quiet, energetic
Physical Characteristics Slender but sturdily built; fine headed, slightly convex/straight profile, short and thin neck, prominent withers, narrow chest and frame, long back with sloping quarters, high set tail
Colors Any color but brown is most common
Height (size) 11.3-13 hands (119-132 cm, 47-52 inches)
Weight Approximately 441 lb (200 kg)
Common Uses Used as a riding, racing, and cart pony
Health Generally healthy, no known health issues related to the breed
Feeding/Diet Hay, grass, chaff, rice bran, mineral supplements, water
Distinguishing Traits Strength, agility, hardiness, excellent temperament
Country of Origin Central Sumatra in Indonesia
Ancestors Arabian, Mongolian Horse

History and Development

Developed by crossing the Arabian and Mongolian horses, the Batak ponies have long been a central part of everyday life for the Indonesians. Earlier offered as a sacrifice to the gods, the Bataks are now selectively bred by the locals to improve the quality of ponies and horses on the nearby Indonesian islands.

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