The Bali pony is an ancient breed of pony inhabiting the Indonesian island of Bali.
Its specific roots are unknown, but are thought to have been imported to Indonesia from China in the 6th century. This would mean that the Bali pony’s roots are from the Mongolian horse. Other breeds that may have contributed to the Bali’s bloodline include Indian breeds, specific ones are unknown, and various Dutch breeds brought to Indonesia during the eighteenth century.
The Bali Pony is a tough animal that can survive with very little care. They have hard feet and strong legs. Primitive markings on the Bali include a dorsal stripe, zebra-like markings on the legs and shoulder bars. They have a dun coat, black mane, tail and legs. The head of the Bali is large and it has a long neck. The chest and back are narrow with upright shoulders causing the Bali to walk in short, choppy strides. The height of the Bali range from 48 to 52 inches.
The Bali Pony is not bred for specific purposes or characteristics, although they are used by the native people for performing tasks like hauling coral and stones from the beach. They are also a favorite of tourist used for sightseeing.
Image Caption: Bali pony. Credit: Tropenmuseum of the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT)/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)