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Are Ponies Cheaper Than Horses

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Christina Perez
• Wednesday, 23 December, 2020
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This might sound like a dumb question...but does it cost any less to maintain a pony than a horse? When the purchase of my new house *finally* goes through, I hope to move my horse out of boarding and there with me.

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I don't need another riding horse, so I'm thinking maybe a small/medium pony or a mini might be less expensive to maintain. If there's no difference in maintenance cost, I might as well get a larger horse I can ride...or a goat.

Not only because they are smaller, but if I am not mistaken, generally ponies are easy keepers and are more likely to have overweight issues than the opposite. Regretfully I cannot provide the city details, more experienced members will have to fill you in on that.

I've never had a pony personally, but I would imagine the only difference would be the cost in food (IF they are an easy keeper.) Pony bridals, poles, blankets, things of that sort might run a little cheaper.

However, I usually discourage people from buying miniatures as companions for their full sized horses because even the mellowest horse can become grumpy, aim a kick that would normally hit a shoulder or butt, and kill the mini. What about a small/medium pony? Or mix-breed stands a better chance with a big horse than a mini, but honestly doesn't cost much more to feed.

My mini was costing me only about $20 a month in grain (a ration balancer) and ate a flake and a half of hay (about 7 lbs) daily, and she was actually rather fat at times. You'll need small-horse fencing (an extra strand at the bottom or electric works well) and either the ability to put a grazing muzzle on it most of the day, or a dry lot to keep both of your horses in during the day.

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Really she could live without grain, but we give her a little each feeding, so she feels like she gets something, she's on daily former to. The pony eats half of what my boy does, but that's a ration balancer so it's cheap.

We have very lush pastures that keep my big guys more than fed in the summer, but they were detrimental for miniatures (and probably ponies) when it came to weight and eventually hoof issues. If you went that route and do have good pasture, it could be a problem without the use of a grazing muzzle or limited turnout time.

As others have pointed out you may need to muzzle the pony if they're on pasture, or put them both in a dry lot. The savings in hay may not be worth the extra hassle. You might want to consider a full size easy keeper.

Like others have said you really have to limit pasture for a mini or pony either one so while my minis and riding pony (RIP) had to be kept on dry lots and fed hay year round, my full size horses only eat hay 3 or 4 months out of the year. The 13 hand riding pony needed the same farrier schedule as the horses.

Ending mentioned it not being a good idea to turn minis out with larger horses because of the potential for injury, and she is so right about that. Minis don't seem to realize they are undersized and have no qualms whatsoever about picking fights with horses 5X their size.

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Minis don't seem to realize they are undersized and have no qualms whatsoever about picking fights with horses 5X their size. :ROFL: My 36-inch mini gelding I had liked to duke it out with my Frisian Draft cross 16+HH.

:wink:Mine are “air ferns” who get about 14 lbs of hay and .5 lb of soaked beet pulp (used to mix in their vitamins) per day. We fed what we could get because summers are brutal and hay is scarce, and the minis stayed as fat as pigs.

Others have mentioned getting a full-sized easy keeper, and I've got to say that my Harbinger has been really cheap over the past five years. He could practically live on air, and he has not required any vet visits other than regular maintenance.

Not only because they are smaller, but if I am not mistaken, generally ponies are easy keepers and are more likely to have overweight issues than the opposite. Regretfully I cannot provide the city details, more experienced members will have to fill you in on that.

I have a stocky 13.2h Wear, she fits my WB size mare's tack for most things (saddle included). & while my pony does get fat off-air, she has a very special diet (due to a few things I won't go into detail about), she's the definition of healthy and sturdy pony, but she does require extra feed/different types/takes longer to make 4x per day than just tossing hay or leaving her in the pasture.

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^ I assumed it was so because at my local tack shop I will occasionally find something and think, oh what a good price! ... oh, it's pony size not regular (for blankets, saddle packages, pads and such).

From brightly patterned rugs to glittery brow bands, there're loads of funky stuff you can get for ponies that just isn’t available in bigger sizes. It’s like ‘Napoleon Syndrome’ in that ponies may be smaller, but they obviously firmly believe they’re way harder and cooler than horses.

Both horses and ponies are of the same species (Equus Catullus) and come from the exact same family tree. However, ponies stay small their whole life, maturing more quickly than horses.

Pony foals are tiny and will rapidly mature to the approximate size of their parents. Horses are slower growing, some not attaining full mature size until they are six or seven years of age.

In fairness to the riders and these mounts, these size standards help prevent ponies and small horses from showing against larger animals, whose size might give them an advantage. It also isn’t safe to have very small children on tiny ponies riding around the same ring with larger horses.

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Some differences between horses and ponies may not be as easy to spot as the size. They can be quite wily, which is why it’s sometimes easier to find a quiet horse for a child than a reliable pony.

They can pull or carry heavy loads with more strength than a horse, relative to their size. Their coats tend to grow thicker in the winter, which often doesn’t shed out until the hottest days of summer.

They begin to grow back their thick coats as soon as the days start to shorten. They are heavier boned and shorter legged in proportion to their bodies compared to horses.

In fact, it’s very easy to overfeed a pony, which makes them more prone to founder and laminates than horses. While some horses can be ‘hard keepers’ most ponies are the extreme opposite, apparently putting on weight just looking at the grass on the other side of the fence.

My 36-inch mini gelding I had liked to duke it out with my Frisian Draft cross 16+HH. Minis do hold their own or at least learn to stay out of harms way... Lady Chevalier is offline.

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Mine are “air ferns” who get about 14 lbs of hay and .5 lb of soaked beet pulp (used to mix in their vitamins) per day. This is taking into consideration the fact that they are ridden 4-5 times per week.

They don't need shoes, and they're generally very savvy about the herd hierarchy. Remind me to get a mustang when I finally decide to own again. As for minis and second cutting hay, I actually never experienced that myself, even though I worked at a mini farm and owned one.

We fed what we could get because summers are brutal and hay is scarce, and the minis stayed as fat as pigs. No grass, very little grain (some bloodies got a pound or two of feed), just hay.

Same with the donkeys- they actually did great on the hay that you might not always feed a big guy because it was stalker. • Horses : 0 Others have mentioned getting a full-sized easy keeper, and I've got to say that my Harbinger has been really cheap over the past five years.

He could practically live on air, and he has not required any vet visits other than regular maintenance. • Horses : 0 I will say, one farrier I know actually charges more for Shetlands (more common than Minis over here), as they are atrocious for his back (he's going in for an op on a slipped disc in a week or so).

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He charges a little less for shoes as he makes his own, but over all they are about £10 more expensive for a trim than a horse. Most people don't care about that though, as he is the best farrier in the area. Not only because they are smaller, but if I am not mistaken, generally ponies are easy keepers and are more likely to have overweight issues than the opposite.

Regretfully I cannot provide the city details, more experienced members will have to fill you in on that. I have a stocky 13.2h Wear, she fits my WB size mare's tack for most things (saddle included).

& while my pony does get fat off-air, she has a very special diet (due to a few things I won't go into detail about), she's the definition of healthy and sturdy pony, but she does require extra feed/different types/takes longer to make 4x per day than just tossing hay or leaving her in the pasture. Basically toss her a crap load of hay or leave her in the pasture overnight (if summer) and she's good to go.

^ I assumed it was so because at my local tack shop I will occasionally find something and think, oh what a good price! ... oh, it's pony size not regular (for blankets, saddle packages, pads and such).

... oh, it's pony size not regular (for blankets, saddle packages, pads and such). “Pony” size tack generally is a lot cheaper in my experience ...sadly I've never been able to first hand experience the purchase prices the lesson here is not to buy a “pony” for its height ...doesn't always end up being pony size everywhere else lol.

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