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Tibetan Horse

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Country: China, Tibet

Home tract: Tibetan Automous Region; Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Yushu, Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Golog, Qinghai Province.

Morphological Characters

Body: Moderate sized, compact and firm type, dryness; smaller than Mongolian

Body coat: Bay, chestnut, gray are the most common colours

Head: Moderate sized with straight profile

Face: Flat bridge of a nose

Ears: Small and agile

Legs: Short

Mophometric traits

Body height at withers: Male 129.4 cm, female 127 cm

Reproductive traits

Age of sexual maturity: 3 years old

Mating age: male 4 years, female 4-5 years

Most mares reproduce one foal every two years

Performance traits

Speed for riding: spend 6 hours for 90 km with trot, 8 hours for 90 km with walk with trot.

Packing ability power: 80-100 kg

Uses: Riding and packing are both important work for these horses.

Remarks: It is hardy and enduring at an altitude from 3048-4876 meters can carry a load weighing approximately 58 kg a distance of 32 km without resting.


  1. Beijing, “Report on Domestic Animal Genetic Resources in China,” June 2003 [Web Reference]
  2. Hendricks B.L., 2007, International encyclopedia of horse breeds University of Oklahoma Press; p. 417.
  3. Porter V., et al., 2016, “Mason's World Encyclopedia of Livestock Breeds and Breeding,” 2 Volume Pack. Cabi; p. 508.
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