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Are Ponies Safer Than Horses

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Paul Gonzalez
• Sunday, 15 November, 2020
• 7 min read

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

In general, you can ride them, drive them, and most importantly, pamper them like spoiled pets. Horses and ponies alike have shaped human society, letting people make agricultural and industrial advancements and helping civilizations wage wars and.

As any barn rat will tell you, the main difference between a horse and a pony is height. An equine that measures 14 hands, 2 inches at the withers (the ridge between their shoulder blades) is considered a horse, whereas those that fall below this threshold are known as ponies.

But despite the strict height distinction, how people refer to certain horses and ponies is a bit fluid. Minis were essentially designed to resemble their much-larger counterparts, just drastically smaller, as if they'd been shrunk in the evolutionary dryer.

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The Icelandic Horse averages a height of 13 to 14 hands and has a heftier build. As The Horse Rider's Journal reports, the Manipur Pony of India was considered the original polo breed.

A person may call their horse a pony in the same way the owner of a full-grown dog may refer to their pooch as a puppy, but it’s a term of affection rather than an acknowledgment of age. Some people mistake ponies for baby horses because of their small size.

Ponies are said to mature faster than horses but maintain a small stature. It might be difficult to differentiate a parent from a young adult because the maturity level of ponies remains the same even in old age.

Different locations in the world also influence features of a horse and pony. While ponies are Stoic and more intelligent than larger horses, it may not be easy to spot them out until you spend time with them.

They are capable of pulling heavy loads with more vitality than horses considering their size. If you have large amounts of workloads and tasks, you would rather have a pony because they possess the vitality and strength.

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They are able to survive in a wide range of temperature as their coats grow thinker during cold winters. During the hottest summers, the ponies finally shed off their excessive coats.

This is often for a short period before they then grow back their thick coats as soon as the days begin to shorten. To make them even more resilient, their hooves are tough and sustain them in unforgiving terrain and weather.

In comparison to horses, the ponies are heavier thanks to the developed bones and short legs to sustain their weight and proportion. Although they are more difficult to handle and control, they have bodies that are adaptable and ready to fight extreme conditions.

They can eat a wide variety of options and although this is important for their survival, it also poses a threat to their health. This is because ponies can easily overeat and consume a wide variety of foods regularly.

It follows that pony keepers should be keen on the diet and amount of food they give to their pets. Although they would be considered ponies because of their size, these two breeds retain their title as horses.

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The Brits bred select horses from Turkey, Arabia, and the Barb in an attempt to find the perfect breed for the new world. Soon the perfect outcome was settled as a heavily muscled, compact horse fit for farm use and spot emerged.

The Colonial craving and quest for short-distance horse races, which is mostly limited to a mile would be satisfied by this breed. The horses were shipped alongside the people relocating to America from England and Ireland.

After it was moved into America, this horse proved it had the ability to outmaneuver cattle and serve as the perfect ranch beast. It quickly became the popular option for both a companion (thanks to its calmness) and sport (thanks to its speed on the track).

The American Quarter Horse (Aqua) has quickly unstoppable worldwide respect thanks to its reputation on the racecourse. Their ability to sprint in the quarter mile race faster than their rivals gives them the honor and respect.

They are known to be loyal and classic making them the best choice for the ranch, home use, or saddling way in a harness. They are good for a wide variety of purposes ranging from the trail to the show ring.

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There are 13 known colors but the most prominent one is the reddish brown with a shade of white on the head and below the knees. Other recognized colors include; bay, black, grille, palomino, red roan and blue roan, brown, buckskin, chestnut, dun, red dun, and gray (most people choose to call this ‘white’).

The American quarter is easily identifiable by its short compact body and head. They do not grow to be taller than 38 inches and come in the widest range of colors and patterns with patches of every kind.

They were known to surviving harsh natural climates and limited food choices. They are great pets, show animals, and companions for therapy especially to the disabled and blind who need guides.

They may not require much space but sure need a proper diet and enough food to keep them nourished and stable. Just like every other breed that emerges from cross-breeding, the specific desired characteristic may be achieved but so does downsides occur to accompany the beast.

Even in cases when both parents have normal heights and statue without a clue of the genes, the offspring is highly likely to be dwarfed. Mini dwarfs are not just smaller than the rest; the range in sizes widely differs based on the varying degrees and combinations of undesirable conformation faults.

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Other deformities include; stunted limb, spine, jaw growth. These occur in mild levels allowing the animals to lead normal lives.

However, those with severe defects are prone to suffering from chronic pain or disability. For these reasons, it is important to take good care of your miniature and involve your vet to ensure they lead a normal life.

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