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By Jeffery Garfield

Last updated: 8th December 2016

Bose Pony


Jeffery Garfield
Last updated: 8th December 2016

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.

Quick Information

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)
Weight Unknown
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
Ancestors Unknown

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.

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