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Little Known Horse Breeds Part II

Updated on November 26, 2016

Baguio Light Horse Breed

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By Shubert Ciencia [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons | Source

The Baguio Light Horse is a native of the Philippines. Horses were brought to the Philippines by traders from China, Brazil, and other South American countries. The traders left the islands and they did not take the horses they had brought with them. The Baguio Light Horse was developed from these abandoned horses. A very very hardy and disease resistant breed was because of the environment and climate conditions.

The Baguio Light Horse is usually 13.2 to 14 hands tall. They are a rough looking horse with a short neck, beveled shoulders, long tail and very hard hooves. They have excellent dispositions, are intelligent and very easy to train.

Most of these horses are used in tourism, trail riding, transportation, and racing. “Pony Boys” is the name given to people that take care of these horses. Many people think they should be classed and pony's and not horses.

Baladi Horse

Baladi horse By Unknown
Baladi horse By Unknown | Source

The Baladi is also called the Egyptian Horse. They originally came from Egypt went through many changes because they were close to Arabia and the Nile. They are no longer able to be registered as a breed anymore. This is because they were crossed with Arab horses for many years. It was done to increase their speed and size. There was also thoroughbred blood bloodlines introduced. Tribesmen and breeders usually do not use the Baladi as breeding stock because they no longer have a lineage that is registered. The Baladi is a great horse and they have great speed for shorter distances. They do not have the Arabians endurance.

They are around 14.3 hands tall. They have a short dish face, small muzzle, large nostrils curved short ears, and large eyes. They are a very spirited horse and are very intelligent. The Baladi horse is a good horse for pleasure riding, showing, and racing. They can be trained to dance to Baladi music in an urban folk style. This music developed in the early 20th century because many people from rural areas moved to Cairo. The accordion and saxophone are used in Baladi music. These western instruments have been adopted by the Egyptians musicians to play Arabic scales.

Balearic Horse

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By User:Marta Ensesa (Own work) [GFDL ( or CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons | Source

The Balearic Horse had its beginning in Spain but is considered a native of Majorca Island. They are about 14 hands tall. They are ;usually chestnut or bay in color. There are some people who think they should be called a pony. They are considered a rare breed.

The Balearic is often called the Balearic Island Pony. No one knows for sue where the came from. Many people think they are a very old breed that traces back to the horses of ancient Greece and they were originated from Skyrosian Greece. There are horses on Ancient Greek pottery, Greek coins and friezes that some believe resemble the Balearic.

They are used by the local people for farm work and as riding horses.

Baluchi Horse

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By Virendra.kankariya (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons | Source

The Baluchi horse is a breed found in Baluchistan, Sind and Punjab Provinces in Pakistan.

Virendra Kankariya Public Domain
Virendra Kankariya Public Domain

Their color is bay, gray, and chestnut usually. They are very unusual because their ears turn in which is very rare. They are a light built horse. The Baluchi resembles an Indian Kathiawar breed. Some people think they may be related to the Beledougea which is a Malian horse breed.

The Baluchi horse is usually used for riding and light draft work.

Ban-ei Horse

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By tan90deg (photo by tan90deg) [GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons | Source

The Ban-ei horse is a native of Hokkaido, Japan. One type of Ban-ei horse resemble the Percheron horse, a second type resembles the Breton, and the third type resembles the Belgian. They are usually 14.3 to 16.1 hands tall and can weigh over 2,000 pounds. Their colors are chestnut, brown, black, and gray. They are patient, calm and willing to work hard.

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By tan90deg (photo by tan90deg) [GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons | Source

Their main use is in the Ban-ei Kaiba races in Japan. The ben-ei is a very large draft type horse that is bred mainly for the Ban-ei Kaiba race where they will pull heavy sleds. The sleds are called Sori. The horse will pull a sled made of steel that carries a heavy load that will weigh 1,000 to 2,000 pounds that include the sled, jockey, and harness. The race course is 200 meters long straight track that has two large humps. When the Ban-ei horse is retired they are butchered for their meat.

The Ban-ei Kaiba races were started by farmers back in 1946. The races started as a competition to check if a horse was strong and had the endurance to do farm work. Theses races were very popular in Japan. At one time there were four race tracks but now there is one left.


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      Linda Crampton 

      23 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      What an interesting article. I've never seen a horse with turned-in ears before! I was sad to hear that the Ban-ei horse is butchered once it can no longer race.

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      Bill Holland 

      23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I do love horses. Anything about horses. Any breed of horses. All things horses. :)

    • norlawrence profile imageAUTHOR

      Norma Lawrence 

      23 months ago from California

      Thanks Jackie. How do you like the Baluchi's ears.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      23 months ago from The Beautiful South

      Very interesting. Thank you for bringing us such unusual information we may have never known. Shared.


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