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Breeds of Livestock - Basotho Pony

Breeds of Livestock - Basotho Pony

Basotho Pony

The Basotho Pony is found in Lesotho, which is an enclave of South Africa.  It is used for exclusively for riding and only cattle are used for draft purposes in Lesotho purposes.  The Basotho Pony was developed from the Cape Horse during the period after 1825.  By the early 20th century the breed has almost disappeared due to exportation and crossing with Arab and Thoroughbred horses. During the latter part of the 20th century a breed society was formed to revive the breed.  In addition to the walk, trot and canter, the Basotho as two additional gaits, the tripple and pace.

The Nooitgedacht Pony was developed from this breed.
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Reference:
Etusis Basotho Stud, Farm Etusis No. 75, PO Box No. 5, Karibib 9000  Namibia, phone: 062252/1603 - Fax 061/223994

Mason, I.L. 1996. A World Dictionary of Livestock Breeds, Types and Varieties. Fourth Edition. C.A.B International. 273 pp.

Photographs:
Etusis Basotho Stud, Farm Etusis No. 75, PO Box No. 5, Karibib 9000  Namibia, phone: 062252/1603 - Fax 061/223994

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