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A Realy Tiny Pony!

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A Realy Tiny Pony!

PostAuthor: Trole » Thu May 06, 2010 6:25 am

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They call it a Horse But I Say it's A teeny pony! Horses Aren't born at 6lbs!!

Something to toss instead of Kittens!! Tiny Ponys!..

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Re: A Realy Tiny Pony!

PostAuthor: Gumby_Cat » Thu May 06, 2010 11:28 am

There is a little more to a horse than size :) Miniature horses retain the characteristics of the breed they come from. So, where many ponies look like barrels with legs, for example, a miniature Arabian would be expected to retain the graceful curves of a full sized Arabian horse. The term pony still applies due to their size, but I think breeders prefer call them horses to make the distinction that they are actually registered under the same breed as a full sized horse. That's how I understand it anyway....
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Re: A Realy Tiny Pony!

PostAuthor: silverfields2 » Thu May 06, 2010 12:55 pm

Gumby_Cat wrote:There is a little more to a horse than size :) Miniature horses retain the characteristics of the breed they come from. So, where many ponies look like barrels with legs, for example, a miniature Arabian would be expected to retain the graceful curves of a full sized Arabian horse. The term pony still applies due to their size, but I think breeders prefer call them horses to make the distinction that they are actually registered under the same breed as a full sized horse. That's how I understand it anyway....



There are breeds considered "pony" breeds but for the most part the terms are mostly used for showing purposes. The cut off use to be at 14.2 hh (hh = hands high = 4 inches). I think it might have changed, its been awhile since I've done hunter/jumpers. The reason? A pony/horse with a bigger stride is going to cover more ground between jumps and look a lot smoother. So to make the judging more fair they class the ponies into small, medium and large and then go to horse. Large ponies can carry small adults but the medium and small ponies are much more suited to children and therefore the classifications help the kids compete against the kids and the adults compete against the adults too.

An equine's height is determined not only by genetics but by how much feed is available during gestation and the first four years or so. So the mustangs, even though of mixed ancestry including draft breeds, often turn out short while some of the Chincoteague ponies that are bought as weanlings turn out taller than their parents.
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