The Tibetan Pony is a breed of pony native to Tibet, once believed to be bred from ancient Mongolian stock and other Chinese breeds. Horses have been kept by wealthy locals and farmers in Tibet, as well as by the Dalai Lama and other religious figures.
Some Tibetan ponies were gifts to Chinese Emperors during the Ming and Tang dynasties. They were also traded for tea from the southern Sichuan province into the late 1950s. The route traveled for this trade activity was a route between Lhasa and Sichuan which came to be known as the Tea-Horse Road.
The Tibetan Pony has been crossbred with the Bhutia Pony and Spiti Pony to create a new breed called the Indian Country Bred.
The Tibetan Pony is a small breed but has great strength and endurance. They are also resilient and very sure-footed. The jaw-line is generally pronounced and straight while the head contains small ears and eyes. The neck is short and muscular. It has a deep chest and straight shoulders. The hindquarters are powerful and short with strong legs and good joints.
They are generally used for drafting, packing and riding.
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