Horse or Pony?

A horse and pony together.

Ponies and Horses are both members of the same species Equus caballus typically known as Equines, although they are actually different.

The biggest misconception is that a pony is just a young horse because they are smaller. This is not the case, a pony will remain small even once full maturity is reached. A pony is an Equine that is smaller than 14.2 hands high (or about four feet ten inches). Although this is not always a determining factor as some horses are smaller than 14.2hh and some ponies can occasionally be larger.

Other differences between the equines include ponies are generally stockier in build with proportionally shorter legs, heavier bone, rounder barrel with shorter and thicker necks. Ponies also tend to have much thicker coats, manes and tails than horses. Ponies are generally calmer in nature than their horse counterparts and often more intelligent.

Originally published in the myPET Magazine Spring/Summer 2019-2020.
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Author: Bec

From a very young age Bec has always had a great love and appreciation for all animals. Bec is a qualified Veterinary Nurse and also has a Bachelor in Applied Science Animal Studies with special interest in Wildlife and Recreational Animals. Her studies have been put to good use working in various animal industries including small and large animal veterinary clinics, horse studs and the family cattle property. Horses have played an important part in her life, living on a horse stud and caring for horses throughout breeding, foaling, spelling, racing and retirement. Bec is the proud mum of two gorgeous girls, a beautiful Cocker Spaniel, a cheeky cockatiel, chickens and many horses including a naughty little pony.