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Basuto Ponies are from South Africa. They are derived fromrnhorses imported by Dutch settlers in 17th century.

rnrnBasuto Ponies arrived in South Africa in 1653, when fourrnhorses were introduced to the Cape area by the Dutch East India TradingrnCompany. The exact breed of these horses is unknown, but they may have beenrnArabian, Persian, or similar to the Java Pony. They were upgraded later withrnArabian and Persian blood.rnrn 

rnrnThese original imported horses became the founders of thernCape Horse, which became extremely popular and especially gained an admirablernreputation during the Boer Wars. The Cape Horse and the Basuto probably werernoriginally the same horse, and then with continual Thoroughbred and Arabianrnblood, the Cape Horse became a larger, more quality animal, with the Basutornremaining smaller and stockier.rnrn 

rnrnLesotho, formerly known as Basutoland, acquired Cape Horsesrnas spoils of war between the Zulus and the settlers. As a result of harshrnconditions and interbreeding with local ponies, the Cape Horse lost much of itsrnheight and nobility, and the Basuto pony largely took its place.rnrn 

rnrnDue to the rocky and hilly terrain that the Basuto poniesrnwere continually ridden over, often at great speeds, they developed into tough,rnsurefooted animals with incredible stamina and bravery. These excellentrnqualities were very nearly the undoing of the breed. The Basuto became sornpopular that thousands were exported, and then many of the best horses werernkilled in action during the Boer War at the end of the 19th century. There isrnnow a concerted effort to re-establish the commendable Basuto breed.rnrn 

rnrnBasuto Ponies are considered a small horse, since theyrnpossesses horse-like characteristics, such as an exceptionally long stride.rnBasutos have a rather heavy head, a long neck and long, straight back, arnstraight shoulder, and a muscular, sloping croup. They have very tough legs andrnsound, very hard hooves. They can be up to 14.2 hands high but rarely taller.rnBasutos can be chestnut, brown, bay, gray or black, and have white markings. Theyrnare usually surefooted, fast, and fearless. They have several gaits: the walk,rnthe trot, canter, the triple and the pace. They are considered a gaited breed.

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