Description of Batak Pony The Batak Pony is an Indonesian breed. The breed has a rather slender and narrow frame, much different in shape than an Oriental or European type of breed. In appearance the Batak has a fine head with either a straight or slightly convex profile. Their neck is short, thin and weak. Withers are fairly prominent. Chest is deep and shoulders are well sloped. The tail is usually set and carried high, which gives the Batak pony an attractive look. Conformation of the legs is not often very good, and are often long with poor muscle development. The hooves are usually solid, hard and sound. These horses live many years.
Originating in Central Sumatra, it is thought to have descended from Mongolian Horse and Arabian blood, and has continually been infused with Arabian blood throughout the century to improve its quality.
In Indonesia the Batak is used in several different types of racing and is very fast due to the infusions of Arabian blood. They are also used as a children's pony. Bataks are often used to improve the bloodlines of neighboring breeds.
Grooming or care
Average height 12 – 13 hands.
The Batak is an obliging pony. They are strong and sturdy. They are popular among the local people because they are capable of an admirable turn of speed and are commonly used for local races.
They are docile and quiet. Their gentle temperament makes them suitable for children. It can also be quite lively and energetic on request. They are easy to manage.
The Batak Pony once played a central part as a sacrificial animal in ancient times. This was a very important type of sacrifice since the horses were very valued in the community.