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Mongol horses made excellent warhorses because of their hardiness, stamina, self-sufficiency and ability to forage on their own – but their small statue make their importance in the formation of the Mongol empire all the more surprising. The horses – which are often mistaken for ponies – are best known for their role as the war steeds of Genghis Khan. The founder of the Mongol empire relied on his horses to provide him with food, drink, transportation, sport, hunting, entertainment, spiritual power, and in case of his death, a mount to ride in the afterlife.

The Mongolian breed is thought to have remained largely unchanged since the time of Genghis Khan. Nomads living in the traditional Mongol fashion still hold more than 3 million animals, which outnumber the country’s human population.

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3446571/Mongolian-cowboys-riding-skills-forefathers.html, http://www.insiderjourneys.com.au/blog/mongolia-facts