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manipuri pony

The King of Manipur introduced the game in the 7th century, using the swift state-bred ponies. The British became aware of the game in the 19th century, and eventually took it to Europe and America, where it thrived. However, the Manipuri lost popularity as the height limit for polo ponies was raised over the years, and abolished in 1919, at which time most players chose larger mounts.

The Manipuri Pony is thought to have been derived from ancient stock, as a cross between the Mongolian Wild Horse and the Arabian. The original purpose of the ponies was as mounts for the Manipur cavalry, which was respected and feared throughout upper Burma during the 17th century. The breed was used in the army throughout World War II, as transport animals to take the British 14th Army into Burma in 1945.

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