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Manipuri Pony

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Manipuri Pony
Conservation status
Other names
  • Manipur Pony
  • Meitei Sagol[3]
Country of originIndia
StandardIndigenous Horse Society of India
    • usually 122–132 cm
    • up to 136 cm[4]: 484 
Colourfourteen recognised colours[4]: 484 
Manipuri horseman in an illustration from 1855

The Manipuri Pony or Meitei Horse (Meitei: Meitei Sagol; Old Manipuri: Meitei Sakol) is a traditional Indian breed of horse, mainly found in the plains of Manipur. It appears in the both history and the mythology of Manipur. In the past, it was used for warfare as well as for polo games.[5][6][7][8]

History[change | change source]

Since ancient times, Manipuri horses were used for both warfare and polo.

Mythology[change | change source]

Samadon Ayangba, the mythical horse with wings, was created by Sanamahi, in the moon land. Later, it became the war-horse for Marjing, the god who invented the game of polo. Legend says Samadon Ayangba is the ancestor of the present day Manipuri horse.

References[change | change source]

  1. Barbara Rischkowsky, D. Pilling (eds.) (2007). List of breeds documented in the Global Databank for Animal Genetic Resources, annex to The State of the World's Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. Rome: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. ISBN 9789251057629. Accessed January 2017.
  2. Breed data sheet: Manipuri Pony / India (Horse). Domestic Animal Diversity Information System of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Accessed January 2020.
  3. Manipuri Pony Breed Standard. Indigenous Horse Society of India. Accessed January 2020.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Valerie Porter, Lawrence Alderson, Stephen J.G. Hall, D. Phillip Sponenberg (2016). Mason's World Encyclopedia of Livestock Breeds and Breeding (sixth edition). Wallingford: CABI. ISBN 9781780647944.
  5. "Manipuri Pony". International Museum of the Horse. Retrieved 2022-04-04.
  6. "Manipuri Pony Information, Origin, History, Pictures". Retrieved 2022-04-04.
  7. "Horse Breed: Manipuri Pony". Globetrotting. 2018-08-09. Retrieved 2022-04-04.
  8. Konwar, Ritu Raj (2020-02-09). "Manipur gets back on the horse". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2022-04-04.