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By Jeffery Garfield

Last updated: 23rd March 2018

Tibetan Pony


Jeffery Garfield
Last updated: 23rd March 2018

The Tibetan pony is an ancient breed of small-statured mountain ponies that are known for their strength and endurance. Although they are extensively crossed with the Spiti and Bhutia ponies, they have remained pure and retained the individual characteristics.

Tibetan Pony Pictures

Quick Information

Temperament/Personality Energetic, cooperative, friendly
Physical Characteristics Well-defined jaw line, straight profile, small eyes and ears; short, muscular neck, straight shoulders, deep chest, straight back, flat withers; broad, powerful hindquarters, short and straight legs with solid joints
Colors Gray and bay are common; brown, chestnut, and black are possible
Height (size) Approximately 12.2 hands (124 cm, 49 in)
Weight Unknown
Common Uses Light draft work, pack and riding pony
Health Not known to suffer from common equine diseases
Popular Traits Excellent working ability, resilience, sure-footedness
Feeding/Diet Hay, grass, twigs, vines, shrubs, and leaves; supplements should be given in small quantities
Country of Origin Tibet and China
Ancestors Chinese breeds, Mongolian Pony

Video: Riding on Tibetan Ponies

History and Development

The Tibetan pony, thought to have evolved from ancient breeding stock, is influenced by some Chinese breeds and the Mongolian pony. Since its origin, the Tibetans have held this equine breed in high esteem, as both the farmers and affluent people have traditionally kept these ponies. During the reign of Tang and Ming rulers in China, these ponies were gifted to the emperors. Furthermore, they were frequently traded in exchange of tea from parts of the Chinese province of Sichuan, and this prolific trade continued until the 1950s.

Interesting Facts

  • Famous spiritual and religious figures including the Dalai Lama are known to have kept a Tibetan pony.

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