The most common and has excellent qualities undersized horse breed pony Basotho, which has been actively bred in the 19th century on the territory of South Africa. This breed is not of local origin, but rather loved by all the inhabitants of the region. Local residents often use these small horses in warfare. Despite the slight increase, Basotho looks more like a low horses rather than ponies.
Adults Basotho grow about 1.4 meters. Building a strong body, large head, back and shoulders straight. It is taking place in the most difficult-to-reach areas, thanks to the large limbs and hard hoof.
On the African continent the horse got pretty late, around the mid-17th century, when local traders from India brought an unprecedented earlier animals – 4 horses. At that time, the most common were the Arab and Persian horses, and most likely it is they were first on the black continent. Centre for growing horses became Cape area, from the area got its name and breed, which is then formed – Cape. Later they began to experiment and to cross the Cape, horses with English representatives, so that the breed became bigger in contrast to the Basotho.
Unlike the Cape region Cape Basutskaya Empire used horses in the wine business. As a result of difficult conditions for survival and mating with the Arab pony, horse bit Cape decreased in size, and they were replaced basutskie pony. Basotho succeeded in many capacities: can easily pass any distance, not afraid of the mountain slopes or sand. They work hard and go to their goal, are very hardy with sweet temper. All these features have pleased not only local residents, but also far beyond the aisles of the continent. Abroad Basotho often crossed with other breeds, and at home, many ponies died in wars. Because of these conditions breed ate able to save and now spend all their forces to its revival.