The Jielin horse is one of the breeds that originate from mainland
Compared to other Chinese horses, the Jielin is huge. It measures up to 15 hands (60 inches, 152 centimeters) high, and it has a massive body. It has a medium-sized head, well-formed and powerful hind legs, and generally good body structure. Jielin horses come mostly in shades of bay, although a few have chestnut or black coats.
Personality and Temperament
The Jielin horse is very much suited to draft and farm work, as well as for riding, because of its cold, placid temperament. Despite its size and strength, Jielin horses are innately good-natured, docile, dependable, and obedient – traits that are essential for farm horses.
Owners of Jielin horses should be careful about checking their horses for any signs of pain and discomfort. Jielin horses should also be fed regularly and sufficiently. Horses that are used for draft work, like the Jielin, must have an adequate amount and variety of food, but some food groups, like grain, should be given in regulated doses. Work load and duration of use must be controlled, lest the horse become exhausted or lame. Nevertheless, the Jielin is a hardy breed so, unlike more pampered breeds, it is resistant to many kinds of illness.
History and Background
The Jielin horse breed comes from the districts of Baicheng,
The Jielin came from a long line of Mongolian horses. However, it is not pure Mongolian but rather a result of cross-breeding. These cross-breeding efforts were undertaken to produce a breed that has the ideal size and overall performance that could be the answer to the agricultural requirements of the district.
The introduction of the
Other strains of the Jielin horse were formed in 1962 after Su-yi stallions were used in the early 1960s. Later that same decade, a line-breeding program was started. The resulting Jielin breed was developed and recognized during the last years of the 1970s. Today, Jielin horses are being used in inter-breeding programs to develop other horse breeds.