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Datong horses are are native to the Datong River basin in the northern Qinghai Province of China; where their history dates back 4000 years. They are considered to be related the fabled Longma or Dragon horse.  

References to the Dragon Horse appeared first under the reign of King Mu and have been immortalized in ancient Chinese art. They were said to have 2 small, bony projections on their forehead that resembled horns. The Datong horse can be born with theses same bony projections (calcium-like deposits on the temple to small horns behind or near the ear). Today this is considered a flaw and horses born with them are not bred.  

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

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

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