The Timor Pony

We believe we have the world’s last remaining wild Timor Ponies (other than those in Timor), and only a handful in captivity. Find out how to help us save this breed.

The Timor is by far the most influential pony in the Waler’s make-up. The Timor Pony is a very pure breed. Today we know of three or four stallions, two each mares/ geldings and one colt in domestic hands.

The Timor has remained pure, one of the most ancient breeds and more pure breeds in the world. Geographical isolation has helped a lot with this. Our wild population is hence of great significance.

Genghis Khan’s armies left ponies in South East Asia (there is an island off Korea where the language is the same as Genghis Khans). It is thought ponies traded, and also from wrecks, of Chinese ships added greatly to the S.E. Asian pony population. The Asian islands over the centuries, all developed their own types from these ponies, all similar.

The Timor Pony has been in Australia since 1803 when a single stallion was imported, then arriving en-masse in 1824.  Many were shipped into the Australian colonies for working duties because of their hardiness, versatility and stamina, and most horses bred in Australia in those days had Timor in them. They continue to exist on Timor Island, but their future is not certain on the Australian mainland.

The world’s only wild population is a small herd of pure Timors that have been running on the Cobourg Peninsula in the Northern Territory since the early nineteenth century, although they have been targeted for eradication by the government at various stages, they are now under the protection of the Traditional Owners of the area. The few in domestic hands now were captured in this area (west of Murganella, with the help of a Traditional Owners and permission from National Parks) in November 2003.

We know 11 horses were DNA tested at Texas Austin University, but as yet don’t have them all named and placed for our record. There are two Timor ponies in captivity as exhibits in Crocodylus Park, Darwin NT, a mare and her gelded son.

Timors were released on Horse Peninsula (now called Coffin Bay) on the South Australian coast, early in the nineteenth century and being there so long have become their own type and breed.

Another distinct pony type, long established, of Timor extract was the Finniss River Pony in the Northern Territory now shot out by the government.

We are a small group of advocates for the Timor Pony, you can find us on Facebook. Please join us on this important mission by staying updated and sending in any stories, information or photographs you may have. The Timor Pony urgently needs our help.

Timor Pony stallion Xanthos with owner Richard Crispin
The Timor Ponies We Know About
Name (Also known as)
Gender
Parents
Year
Description
Testing
Registration
Deceased
Sire
Dam
Colour
Markings
Type
Parentage DNA
Breed Ancestry
Mare
Unknown
Pony
Colt
Snowy Balios
Indira
2021
Chestnut
Pony
APSB pending
Gelding
2014
Chestnut
Pony
Gelding
Crocodylus Mare
Unknown
Palomino
Pony
Mare
Unknown
Palomino
Pony
Flash Spirit (Spirit)
Gelding
Yeshe Maloo
Palomino
Pony
Filly
Snowy Balios
Snowy Indira
2023
Red dun
Pony
Mare
Unknown
Chestnut
Pony
Snowy Balios (Gingernuts)
Stallion
Chestnut
Pony
APSB
Mare
Red dun
Pony
APSB
Mare
Savannah
2014
Chestnut
Star
Pony
Stallion
Indira
2012
Palomino
Pony
Stallion
Palomino
Pony
APSB
Stallion
Palomino
Pony