We promote the use and conservation of the ‘Thai Pony’ breed which is now found to be a naturally occurring breed with ancient DNA patterns.
We conduct DNA testing of equines in Lampang as well as other communities to verify the genetic makeup and run a breeding program to conserve their heritage through collaboration with the Equine Genetics Laboratory at UC Davis, USA. We also conduct public awareness programs about the conservation of the breed.
The Thai Pony is suitable as a working equine, such as pulling carriages or transporting goods because they have special characteristics such as:
Sturdy stature with strong back and neck muscles
Thick soles and hoof wall
Tolerant to the tropical climate
Adapted to the local hilly terrain
Have natural immunity and tolerance against many infectious
Easy to train, versatile and do not panic easily
What does a Thai pony look like?
Height not over 130 cms
Big head, thick neck and broad chest
Many have ancient markings
Light colour around muzzle, eyes and underbelly
Why should we be interested in this breed?
Studies in collaboration with the Equine Genetic Lab at UC Davis suggest an important link to the ancient breed of horses in Mongolia.
“In conclusion, the analyses carried out thus far have characterized a native horse population - the Thailand Pony – which had not been previously studied.
Native populations of livestock are at risk of disappearing across the globe and have been the subject of efforts to preserve these genetic resources. The native Thailand Pony is a working equid that has deep links with the history and culture of Thailand.
While work still continues, the genetic analyses performed thus far support the existence of a population of animals with the necessary physical and genetic characteristics to represent a breed closely related to the ancient Mongolian Horse.
Their continued presence in Thailand attests to their history of adaptation to and survival in the tropical environment of the country without much human interference. Efforts to preserve this equine population are well justified. Molecular and statistical methods that are already in place are available to assist in the identification of animals targeted for conservation.”