Himalayan Horses

Since prehistoric times horses have played a major role in Asian civilisations. They were common across the entire continent, were bred, traded and used for various tasks. Depending on the region, they were used for; transport, military and agricultural. In flat regions horses were bred for their larger stature while in mountainous regions they were smaller and more robust.

The migration of tribes, and trading of the horses led to breeds becoming mixed . The origin of the Asian or as it is also known- the Himalayan mountain horse can be traced back to the horses in the mountainous regions peopled by the Mongolei.

The horse is well known for its stamina, intelligence, friendliness and most importantly its sure-footedness. Research has shown the influence of bloodlines from Indian, Persian, Arabic and Kyrgyz breeds.

They range in height from 1.10 meters to 1.50 meters and vary in color and markings. Many of the horses have a characteristic spinal stripe.

On the whole it would be fair to say that these horses are somewhat calmer, harder working and not as shy as their European brothers and sisters. Another big plus is they are not skittish. The mountains are their home so they know every stone and trail like the back of their hand...or should we say hoof?

These horses are accustomed to a nomadic way of life and have a very robust physique, their heads are well proportioned with very expressive, alert eyes and their ears are always listening attentively for any sound.

The neck isn’t very long and its wither is very distinctive, it has a small strong chest and a straight back. Their croups are sloping with a good amount of tail. The horse has short but very well developed legs; muscular and powerful. Its hooves are small, firm and durable while its hair is short and its mane and tail are thick.  They are very reliable and undemanding work horses.

For decades the Chinese had dominated trading in Southeast Asia. They would cross a region travelling in huge caravans pulled by horses carrying goods weighing up to 120 Kilos.

They would stop at remote principalities and kingdoms of the region and this is how this beloved and versatile breed of horse got its start in these regions.

For a large number of nomadic people these horses became essential part of everyday life. You can still find this breed being used as (excuse the pun) pack-horses as they continue to be an integral part of local peoples lives.

In Northern Thailand transportation has become increasingly modern and locals have replaced horses by their beloved moped.

Here at the Thai Horse Farm we have a controlled breeding program to ensure the survival of this horse breed.

Don't worry if you can't ride a horse

Our Himalayan horses react to voice commands and not to the usual 'English' or 'Western' commands. In addition they are also very sure-footed, calm, good natured and are not skittish.

Approximately 70% of our guests over the past nearly 20 years have never ridden a horse. This has never been a problem and you will be able to take part and enjoy the thrill of our horseback tours. We promise that these small and powerful horses will be a joy to ride.

Horseback riding adventure

Get to know the wonderful mountain and jungle landscapes of the Sri Lanna National Park in Northern Thailand while taking part in a horseback trekking tour.

Enjoy the romance of a campfire, awe-inspiring mountains and jungles with their unique and fascinating sounds. See remote caves, waterfalls and untouched nature. Pamper yourself in natural hot springs and experience firsthand the exotic customs of the Nomadic tribes.

This is an eco tourists dream and a once in a lifetime horseback riding adventure.

Full on Eco-tourism

We adhere to the strict principles of eco tourism which make our tours both ecological and socially acceptable.

The protection of the jungle forests and preserving the hill tribes’ way of life is very important to us at the Thai Horse Farm and maintaining these goals has become a core objective for us.

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