The Bose pony is a Chinese breed of small equines found in the prefecture of Bose (or Baise) and Hechi within the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. These ponies flourish at high altitudes and are suitable for doing different kinds of tasks.
|Temperament/Personality||Smart, willing, easy to train|
|Physical Characteristics||Heavy head, straight profile, wide jaw, medium-length neck, straight shoulders, short back, rounded croup, bushy mane and tail; short, sturdy legs with good joints; strong hooves|
|Colors||Mostly bay; black, chestnut, and gray are rare|
|Height (size)||11-11.2 hands (112-117 cm, 44-46 in)|
|Common Uses||As riding and packing horses; also for cart work and meat production|
|Health||Sturdy breed with no known health issues|
|Popular Traits||Strength, endurance, agility; ability to work at high altitudes|
|Feeding/Diet||Grass, grain, hay|
|Country of Origin||China|
History and Development
The Bose pony is thought to have originated thousands of years ago in the mountainous regions of China. Several works of art, dating back to the third century BCE and representing horses similar to the Bose pony, have been found.
While Guangxi offers an ideal environment for horse breeding, the villagers consider these ponies an essential part of their everyday life. In the 1980s, their population increased to around 200,000.