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Kirdi (also known as Mousseye, Cameroon, Lakka, Logone,rnMbai, and Mussey) ponies come from the Logone River in the sub-Sahel region ofrnCameroon (southwest Chad and northern Cameroon). They are named for thernMousseye tribe in southeastern Cameroon who raise them.

rnrnIn 1826 they were first noted. It was not until 1926 that arndescription of these ponies was actually recorded. Not much research has beenrndone on them. The population has been rapidly declining and is in danger ofrnextinction. There have been no regimented breeding programs. However, in 1986rnthe Cameroon government created an Equine Program to safeguard the Kirdirn(Mousseye Pony) from extinction and to develop the horse industry in Cameroon.rnThere are some who believe that this breed comes from the blood of the mightyrnBarb, having evolved smaller in size because of the shortage of forage. Perhapsrna DNA research program will validate the belief of Barb lineage.rnrn rnrn rnrnThey are docile and willing. They have a large, massive head,rnintelligent eyes, small, erect ears, short, thick neck, and short, strong legs.rnThey possesses great stamina and endurance. They are about 12 hh and arerntraditionally chestnut or grey. These ponies are small but also exhibit somernhorse-like characteristics.rnrn 

rnrnInterestingly, this fairly rare pony mainly lives in thernarea around the river Logone, notorious for the tsetse fly that producedrnsleeping sickness. The "Kirdi Pony" appears to be resistant to this,rnwhile other equine breeds are not. They (specifically the Kirdi) lives a veryrngeographically isolated existence and have been largely unaffected by otherrnbreeds. The Kirdi is used for hunting, riding, transportation, for some militaryrnuses and for barter and money exchange.

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