Named after the Gayoe hills in Sumatra, the Gayoe is a breed of small-bodied ponies commonly used for transportation on the island. Although closely related to the Bali, Java, Timor, Batak, Deli, and Sumba ponies, the Gayoe is much more sturdily built than the other pony breeds.
|Temperament / Personality||Quiet, friendly, willing, energetic|
|Physical Characteristics||Muscular structure, straight or somewhat convex profile, prominent withers, sloping quarters, long back, strong legs, hard feet|
|Colors||Solid-colored; generally dark bay or brown|
|Height (size)||Approximately 12.2 hands (48.8 inches, 124 cm)|
|Common Uses||Pack animal for carrying loads|
|Health||No known breed-specific diseases and health issues|
|Popular Traits||Stamina, strength, equable temperament|
|Feeding/Diet||Good-quality forage, grain mix, mineral salt blocks, plenty of water|
|Country of Origin||Sumatra, Indonesia|
History and Development
Although the Gayoe pony’s parentage remains unknown, many believe that this equine breed is a strain of Deli or Batak pony. These ponies are not considered endangered since a breed survey by the FAO in 1997 had indicated their population to be stable, with 7500 animals.