Batak Pony, Bavarian Warmblood, Beledougou, Belgian Ardennes Horse, Belgian Draft ,Belgian Sport Horse , Belgian Warmblood , Bergmann Pony and Bhirum Pony
The Batak Ponies are highly regarded among the ponies of Indonesia and are are often used to improve the bloodlines of neighboring breeds.
Thought to come from Mongol horse descent, this pony also has a considerable amount of Arabian influence as well. The combination created a hardy animal with a lightning fast pace and some physical refinement.
The Batak is selectively bred in Sumatra with some of the finest specimens contributing to the bloodlines of neighboring islands.
Average height 12 – 13 hands Hardy and tough
Light head with slightly convex profile Neck is well-shaped and arched Back is short and strong Chest is deep and shoulder well sloped Legs are slender and muscular Hooves are solid, hard and sound
Like many Warmblood breeds, the Bavarian Warmblood is relatively new, and was originated to create a superior sport horse.
This breed was developed in the 1960′s and breeding was based on the ancient Bavarian Rottal horse which is nearly extinct. The foundation includes blood ofHanovarian, Trakehner, Thoroughbred, Cleveland Bay, Norman Horse andOldenburg bloodlines.
The studbook for this breed includes animals of various warmblood breeds, animals are registered based on ability and temperament.
Average height 16 – 17 hands Registered animals carry the “B” brand on their left thigh
The Beledougou also called the Banamba is a variety of the West African Barb (with Arabian influence) and was developed in Mali, Africa. The Baluchi horse is related to the West African Barb through the Beledougou.
There is very little information about this breed.
Belgian Ardennes Horse
Originated in the Ardennes Mountains bordering Belgium & France but distinctly different from both the French & Swedish version of the breed.
Thought to have been bred in the Ardennes plateau for around 2000 years, considered one of the oldest draft breeds & valued by Napoleon as heavy war mounts. During the 18th century Arabian blood was added for refinement and even more recently Belgian Draft blood has been used to increase size & strength.
Average height 15.1 – 16.1 hands Surefooted & agile, well suited for rough and uneven terrain
Well-shaped distinctive head with a straight profile Small active ears Neck is short, muscular and crested Withers are low & well defined Back is short, wide and strong Shoulder is muscled and well sloped Legs are sturdy, muscular and short with feather on lower legs Hooves are broad and strong
The Belgian Draft is not only one of the strongest draft breeds, but this breed has also held the world record for the tallest and the largest horses in the world.
Said to be the most direct descendants of the “Great Horse” of medieval times, the Belgian draft horse was the animal who carried knights onto the battlefield. Most draft breeds today carry Belgian lineage in their bloodlines.
Trough the years many of the purebred studs have been shown and exported to countries all over Europe to enhance draft bloodlines. The official studbook was established in 1885.
Until the beginning of the 20th century there were three types, although they varied little in confirmation. The Big Horse of the Dendre The Colossal Horse of Mehaigne The Grey Horse of Nivelles
After WWII the need for draft horses declined on a global scale the the Belgian Draft numbers decreased.
Recently there has been a boom of interest in America for this heavy draft breed, although the American bloodlines differ considerably from the original stock. They are taller, more refined and are almost invariably chestnut with a flaxen mane and tail.
From 15.3 – 17.3 hands Built solid for hard work Exceptionally strong and hardworking
Head is light and square, profile is straight or slightly concave Neck is short and muscular Back is short and broad Body is deep and short Legs are strong, lean and sound with some feathering
Also called a Belgian Halfblood this is a breed solely developed for use as a sport animal in competition.
Royal halfblood society was founded in 1920 and until WWII the breed was mainly used & bred by the army. Bloodlines were a specific cross between the Belgian Draft, English Thoroughbred & Selle Francais mares.
After WWII Belgian breeders focused their attention on breeding an adaptable sport horse by combining their finest bloodlines with those of neighboring countries. More Selle Francais blood, Hanoverians, Dutch Warmbloods & Thoroughbreds with proven ability. Their popularity has continued to grow in eventing circles.
Over the last 50 years the Belgian registry has been producing a solid stock of some of the finest jumping horses in the world. Standing down only to some of the breeds who had influence in their bloodlines.
Breeding began in 1937 to produce animals for the Rural Cavalry, and the intention was to teach and entertain the youth of the country, then allow them to demonstrate their skills.
Initially kids rode the animals they had available to them and tournaments were held which allowed them to display their skill and horsemanship.
After time breeders began to develop animals specifically suited to these tournaments by crossing Belgian Draft horses with smaller trotters andThoroughbreds.
After WWII a base was established for the breed using Gelderland, Normandy andHanovarian blood. However during this time the furthering of the breed faced controversy. Breeders were attempting to preserve the needs of rural agricultural life within the breed in a time when rural agriculture was rapidly moving away from horsepower.
In 1955 the National Breeding Association of Agriculture-Riding Horses was founded in Louvain, and later in 1970 the name was changed to the National Breeding Association of Warmbloods.
Today this warmblood is bred selectively with the idea of creating a strong, sound eventing horse with an even temper for the show ring.
Average height 16 – 17 hands
Varies depending upon lineage Muscular body, compact with good depth Well carried and handsome head Warmblood confirmation Muscled legs with big sound feet
The Bhirum Pony or Nigerian Pony is a dwarf breed from northern regions of Nigeria that are thought to be descended from the little known Poney Mousseye of Cameroon.
This breed is thought to be related to the Barb which was brought to Nigeria by Nomads. These animals were bred to local ponies and the resulting animal became the Bhirum Pony.
The Nigerian is a large pony breed, although they are occasionally referred to as small horses. These animals are incredibly versatile & can resist the heat of their environment.
Average height 14 – 14.2 hands Considered a handsome pony, this animal exhibits some horselike features.
Head is plain with straight profile Ears are small & alert Neck is short & shoulder sloping Chest is deep Short back with sloping Barb croup Legs are strong, but sometimes hindquarters are poorly developed