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Datong horses are are nativernto the Datong River basin in the northern Qinghai Province of China; whererntheir history dates back 4000 years. They are considered to be related the fabledrnLongma or Dragon horse. rnrn 

rnrnReferences to the DragonrnHorse appeared first under the reign of King Mu and have been immortalized inrnancient Chinese art. They were said to have 2 small, bony projections on theirrnforehead that resembled horns. The Datong horse can be born with theses samernbony projections (calcium-like deposits on the temple to small hornsrnbehind or near the ear). Today this isrnconsidered a flaw and horses born with them are not bred.rnrn 

rnrnDatong Horses have a gentle temperament and excellentrnendurance, especially at high altitudes. They are fast in their gaits (trot andrnpace). They are well muscled with a long body, a heavy head, large nostrils,rnmedium size ears, wide jaw, long limbs, a thin short neck, deep chest, and wellrnsprung ribs. They have strong joints and hooves, tend to be sickle hocked, andrnhave a thick mane and tail.

rnrnThey are found in bay, black, chestnut, and sometimes grey.rnAppaloosa coloring is rarely found; some of them have white markings. Theyrnstand 12.2 - 13.3 hh at the withers. 

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