Some kids immediately begin to think of the popular cartoon My Little Pony. A hand measurement is an ancient unit of length, now standardized at four inches (10.16 cm) and used today primarily for measuring the height of horses from the ground to the withers (top of the shoulders).
The unit was originally defined as the breadth of the palm, including the thumb before it was standardized. It is also arguable that ponies are much easier to train, and many breeds possess a calmer temperament compared to horses.
Ponies are generally calmer than horses and love the outdoors just the same. You will be glad to know that ponies like to eat the very same juicy meals that horses enjoy.
Yes, you will not be too hard -pressed when it comes on to feeding your pony, especially if you live near grassy wide open spaces. Ponies also like to eat leaves, twigs, vines, shrubs, and various other plants.
Ponies and horses will naturally share the same duration in lifespan. A pony will naturally carry a single foal until the time of birth.
If you own or plan to acquire a pony any time soon, you will need in-depth knowledge on the different types. This breed can be either a pony or horse depending on the size reached at an adult.
The Black Forest chestnut pony can reach 14.3 to 15.2 hands. Colors include sorrel and dark chestnut with a shaggy mane and tail.
The Caspian was once on the verge of extinction, but surprisingly a few still exist today. You cannot deny the distinctive look of the Caspian pony, with its high set tail, flat croup, and narrow frame that stands at 10 to 12 hands.
It possesses a silky mane and tail, strong quarter, wide chest and long back. This pony comes in attractive colors such as chestnut, palomino, dun, black, and gray.
The Connemara stems from lines of Arabian and thoroughbred horses. The Dartmoor is fantastic with children, and stands at 12.2 hands high.
The Ex moor stands at 12.3 hands tall and comes in colors such as bay and brown. The Flagella pony is the smallest in the world, standing at just 35 inches.
This pony will be adored as a pet for children because of its gentle temperament. This breed has two fewer ribs than other ponies and therefore is a bit fragile when it comes on to riding.
Most people who own this type of pony say it's similar to a poodle. They are normally used for pleasure riding but are also capable of herding cattle.
The Galileo has sounds legs, a graceful neck, and a fine head. Don't be fooled by the size of a pony and think that it will just cost a fraction of a horse.
Feel the animal to ensure that there are no hidden faults before you buy. Many breeds have thicker manes, tails and coats than normal horses and will require a bit more grooming and brushing to keep them from getting tangled.
This will help your pony to build up its immune system against disease or infections around the home, barn, or the wider environment. There are charts online which will guide you on the schedule and type of vaccination needed, or you can simply consult with your local vet.
One of the most important questions you need to ask yourself is do you have time to look after a horse or pony. There are many things that can affect the amount of time that you’ll need to spend caring for your horse.
You might find yourself spending time breaking ice out of buckets, or lugging water hoses, unfreezing pipes or thawing water heaters that stop working. Bales can get frozen in, or approaches to feeders, gates, and caterers might have to be maintained to keep them safe for everyone.
Horses can damage stables, equipment, and fences and that means you will spend extra time if repair and maintenance. Most people find they spend more time looking after their horses than the actually go riding.
If you are boarding your horse, you may add in travel time if you are in a self- care facility, or you could go for months without ever seeing your horse as long as you pay the bill at a full care boarding stable. But, the convenience comes with a price, and a full-service board can cost thousands of dollars over a year.
There are over 100 million horses, donkeys and mules in the world today and owners of these animals can be found on almost every continent and in almost every society. The Horse Course will cover many unique aspects of equine ownership and touch upon the science behind many of today’s management practices.
4 hours to complete This week will start out with covering some basic physiology. This will lead to spending a lecture discussing laminates, a serious hoof condition in horses and other equips.
Understanding how equips relate to their environment and communicate is critical to training and management. We will start this week by examining the basic equine senses and communication.
Then we will discuss normal and abnormal behaviors and the basic psychology used in training. We will finish the week discussing the basic gaits and how these animals move.
3 hours to complete 8 videos (Total 92 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes 4 hours to complete The topics this week will focus one quid nutrition.
Understanding how and what to feed these animals is one of the most important aspects of basic care. We will start with digestive anatomy, how to evaluate your animal’s nutrient requirements, and then jump into feeding management.
4 hours to complete The topics this week will focus on equine health. Monitoring and taking care of your animal’s health is critical to owning any equip.
We will start off with the normal equine vital signs, and then we will discuss administering first aid to your animals. Finally, we will end the week discussing some common genetic disorders.
3 hours to complete The topics this week will focus on equine reproduction. We will start off this week with some basic anatomy, including what makes the equips unique.
Then we will cover the estrous cycles of mares and jennies, followed by common breeding systems used throughout the world. After discussing unique aspects of equine pregnancy and parturition, we will finish out the week covering some management tips for taking care of the newborn foal.
3 hours to complete 8 videos (Total 115 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz This option lets you see all course materials, submit required assessments, and get a final grade.
When you purchase a Certificate you get access to all course materials, including graded assignments. Apply for it by clicking on the Financial Aid link beneath the “Enroll” button on the left.