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There is little information available regarding the breed's origins, except that it is thought to date to antiquity; a bronze statue has been recovered of a Guoxia, dated approximately 2,000 years old. Their name translated means 'under fruit tree horse', which suggests a possible early uses. Very small in height, only reaching a maximum of 11 hands high and often smaller, they would therefore have been useful for working among the fruit trees, collecting fruit. The breed was largely forgotten and considered extinct until it was rediscovered in 1981, and now there is a breed association.[

There are many different breeds of horse in China, most of which are ancient and descended from the Mongolian horse. Although many of the breeds are small in stature, they are considered to be small horses, not ponies, and will often, when provided with good care and adequate nutrition, mature well over 14.2 hands. Many of the breeds within China bear distinct regional differences, so although they may have descended from common ancestors, they have developed differently according to their habitat and climate. However, one breed is considered actual pony breed and this is the Chinese Guoxia, found in southwest China.

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