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.
Batak Pony Pictures
|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.