Breed Basque Pony (Pottok)

Description breed of Basque ponies, characterization, breeding, and photos

Description breed of Basque ponies, characterization, breeding, and photos

That’s in Spanish is the title of Basque ponies. Despite the Spanish name, the breed is originally from the south of France. In the province of Navarra for the first time began to breed these small horses. The breed has great roots, but mostly viewed inherited qualities from Arab and soltroskoy horses.

Before our time on unfavorable lands can be found untamed Potokk who wander from one place to another in search of rich pasture. The warm period lasts about six months, all the rest of the time is pretty cool, and in winter the snow covers all vegetation. To survive in such weather conditions, you need to have good health and a thirst for life. In winter, the Basque ponies grow long mustaches with which the animals seek out green bushes. With the advent of heat, mustaches begin to fade and eventually disappear completely. Unfortunately, every year the wild representatives of the breed become smaller. People tame them and actively used in agriculture.

There are three varieties Potokk, they differ from each other in height. Standard Basque ponies reach 1.3 meters at the shoulder; “Double” to 1.45 m; pinto spotted different color, and the growth of the horses is the same as in the standard.

In ancient times Potokk used as a traction force. Despite its small size pony could carry quite a lot of weight on the long and difficult achievable distance. Nowadays, Basque ponies used for children’s games and walks. Less pottoki take part in horse competitions and exhibitions. Character makes it easy to train a pony, they are not aggressive and love to play with children.

The average height at the withers becomes 130 cm. Suit bay, red and spotty, which is also called pinto. a medium-sized head, oval, long ears, the neck is of medium thickness and length. Limb development is very good, strong and hard hooves, allowing travel vast distances.

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