Paleontologists will attest to the fact that Lesotho is home to some of the greatest testimonies not only to the history of mankind, but to all the creatures that inhabit its surface. This little nation’s association with horses doesn’t compare in age to the planet’s ancient past, but for those of our readers who are interested in horses (and we assume most are) these people have them in their hearts. Horses are not mere animals of draft or passage, there is a deep-seated pride and culture involving horses in general, and in particular in their indigenous herds of Basotho ponies.
These horses were bred from a combination of stock seized from the Boers during the early skirmishes between the great King Moshoshoe I’s armies and those of the invaders, and subsequently, around the time of the Second Anglo-Boer War, from British Military imports. Long renowned for their agility and incredible endurance, the Basotho pony is the only indigenous African horse outside of those crafted by the Berbers in North Africa. Its worth recalling the foundation animals, are drawn from the very Boer stock which General Jan Smuts and his Kommando used to run the British army ragged across length and the breadth of 1900 South Africa, gave them their toughness, while the mountainous terrain produced the agility.