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.
|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)|
|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|
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.