The Batak Pony is a breed of pony that originated in Central Sumatra, Indonesia. It is thought to have a bloodline from the Mongolian Horse and the Arabian. This breed is being continually bred with Arabian bloodline to improve its quality. Indonesians breed the Batak selectively and often use them to improve the quality of nearby island horses.
The Batak along with seven other breeds are native to Indonesia. The Batak were used as sacrifices to the Gods long ago, but now they are mostly used as a riding pony. It has an excellent temperament, very willing and is perfect for children to ride. They are also used in racing for their speed.
They are a slender breed but surprisingly strong. The Batak’s head has a straight or slightly convex profile with a short thin neck. The chest and frame are also narrow with a long back and sloping quarters. The tail is set high and their coat is usually brown but can be of any color. The average height is around 48 inches high but can grow up to52 inches.
The Sandalwood Pony is the only breed in Indonesia of better quality than the Batak. Mainly because of the poor feed it is subjected to.
Image Caption: Batak Pony. Credit: Tropenmuseum of the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT)/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)