About Bali Pony Horses
Bali Ponies are an ancient breed now living on the
Indonesian island of Bali. Its roots are unknown, although one theory is that
ponies of ancient stock were brought to Indonesia by the Chinese in the 6th
century. If this theory is true, the Bali pony would owe much of its roots to
the Mongolian Horse. In addition to the Mongolian horse, it is known that some
Indian stock were taken to Indonesia (although it is unknown exactly which
breeds), and the Dutch also brought various eastern breeds to the country
during the 18th century. Therefore, the Bali pony likely has been influenced by
both the Mongolian horse, and various other eastern breeds.
The Bali Ponies are quite hardy and self-sufficient,
surviving with little outside care. They are tough animals that are not shod
and are remarkably sound, with hard feet, and strong legs. The ponies show the
usual "primitive markings" such as a dorsal stripe, shoulder bars,
and zebra stripes on the legs, in addition to their dun coat, that includes a
black mane, tail, and legs.
The ponies lack the traditionally "pretty"
conformation, having a large and unrefined head, and upright shoulder that
produces short and choppy strides. The chest and back are narrow, although the
neck is usually of a good length. The ponies usually range from 12-13 hands.
Both the conformation and the coloration produce a pony that looks similar to
the Asiatic Wild Horses (AKA Przewalski's Horse).
Bali Ponies are used by the indigenous population for
hauling coral and stones from the beach. They are also used for trekking and
sightseeing tourists. They are strong and have excellent endurance.