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Pony

A pony is a certain kind of small horse. Ponies are 14.2 hands (abbreviated hh) (1.47 m) at the withers or smaller, while a horse is anything taller than 14.2 hh at the withers. The term "pony" can be used generally for any small horse or colt, regardless of its actual measurements. It is interesting to note, however, that some equine breeds are not considered ponies, even if they are under 14.2 hh, because of their fiery temperament. One such breed is the Arab. Although they are generally taller than 14.2 hh, they can sometimes be shorter, but are not considered a true pony. The Icelandic Horse and Fjord Horse are also pony size, but are considered horses, and horses used for polo are called "polo ponies". When in doubt, simply refer to the "under 14.2 hh" rule.
 

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For showing purposes, ponies are further grouped into small, medium, and large sizes. Small ponies are 12.2 hh and under, medium ponies are over 12.2 but no taller than 13.2 hh (1.27 to 1.37 m), and large ponies are over 13.2 hh but no taller than 14.2 hh (1.37 to 1.47 m). Note, however, that miniature horses are not the same as ponies. A miniature horse is in fact much smaller, required to be no taller than 8.2 hh (86cm) at the withers. There are also miniature pony breeds.

Dartmoor Ponies

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Dartmoor Ponies

The Dartmoor pony has lived in southern England for centuries. It makes an excellent first pony for a child, and is used for a variety of disciplines. Because of the extreme weather conditions experienced on the moors, the Dartmoor is a particularly hardy breed with excellent stamina. Over the centuries it has been used as a working animal by local tin miners and quarry workers. It lives in a feral or "wild" state in Dartmoor National Park, Devon. It is closely related to the Exmoor Pony.

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There are several wild breeds of pony, and these have often been captured and bred for various purposes, especially in Britain and Ireland. These wild breeds along with domestic breeds were used as "pit ponies" hauling loads of coal up from the mines, for freight transport, as children's mounts and for entertainment, and later as competitors and performers in their own right. They were also ridden (and continue to be ridden) by adults, as ponies are usually very strong.

New Forest pony, gelding

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New Forest pony, gelding

The New Forest Pony or New Forester is one of the recognised Mountain and moorland or Native pony breeds of the British Isles.

The breed is valued for its hardiness, strength and sureness of foot. It is indigenous to the New Forest, in Hampshire in southern England, and many ponies can still be seen running loose there.

The earliest record of horses in the New Forest dates back to 1016 when rights of common pasture were granted to the people living in what was a royal hunting ground.

The New Forest Pony is considered to have a gentle temperament, and the ponies are noted for their intelligence, strength and versatility. They are noted for friendliness, intelligence, strength, versatility and are nearly always willing-to-please. New Forestors are amongst the most approachable of all the native British pony breeds, perhaps because of their history of frequent contact with man.

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Ponies are often said to be mean, contemptuous, untrustworthy, spooky or devious. The situation likely results from the individual pony's lack of proper training. Ponies trained by children, rather than by experienced horse trainers, usually turn out to be spoiled because children typically lack the skill to correct bad habits. The pony may learn to kick or bite when its desires are not met. Properly trained ponies can be gentle, and are appropriate mounts for children who are learning to ride.

An Icelandic horse a breed of pony

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An Icelandic horse a breed of pony

The breed was developed from ponies brought to Iceland by Viking settlers in the 9th and 10th centuries. Horses were worshipped in Norse mythology, and these beliefs were brought to Iceland by the original settlers. The Icelandic breed is mentioned in both literature and historical records throughout Icelandic history, from the 9th century on, with the first historical reference to an individual horse appearing in the 12th century. Selective breeding has been used over the centuries to develop the breed into its current form. Natural selection has also played a role, with the harsh Icelandic climate killing many horses through cold and starvation. In the late 18th century, much of the breed was wiped out in the aftermath of a volcanic eruption. The first Icelandic breed society was created in 1904, and today the breed is represented by organizations in 19 different nations, organized under a parent association named the International Federation of Icelandic Horse Associations.

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Pony Foal

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A herd of Exmoor pony foals.

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A herd of Exmoor pony foals.

 

 

 

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I have a whole big ranch i have 32 horses 13 foals 12 racehorses 9 jumpers 14 ponies and i a lot more i LOVE ponies and horses PS: i live in Kentucky
I love the bearded icelandic pony. <3
Horses r the cutest I luv them, sooo soooo cute !!!
my pony is so cool and funny
horses and ponies are the cutest and most loving  animals in the world
ponies own horses...^_^
Ponies rock - wahoo'
i used this for my ICT project. lovely ponies
I love these ponies and horses!
i have 2 ponies and 3 horses and i am a TOTAL pony and horse lover
i love ponies sooooo much! ! THEY ARE VERY CUTE!!
i love ponies i own 9 studs and i own 12 ponies 16 racehores 22 foals and 28 horses
these are so cute i love ponys
I love ponies they are soooooo cute
i am a pony luvr they r sooooooo cute i had a shetland when i was about 4 and she was called little gem she was da best shetland ever she did not bit or kick or nothing really but these 1s r  soo so so so cute!!I AM THE  MOST PONY LUVR ERE SO HAHAHAHA LOL
I AM A PONY LOVER
i have a pony called molly she is so cute i love her to bits
i have a gorgeous new forest pony called belle and she is 13.2 she is very well behaved and sssssssoooooo gentle and cute!!!!!!
i have a pony his name is pony he is so cute and he is black with white socks!
i have a 10 hand shetland pony he's awesome!!!!
i have an adorable connemara pony named silver!!!! he's awesome he does three day eventing at the 2 star level!!!!
I LOVE PONIES I HAVE 7 OF THEM!!!!
I LOVE PONIES SOOOOO MUCH THEY ROCK MY WORLD!!!
I got my first pony and she is an Exmoor she is so gorgeous i luv her to bits ?
I have pony and Tennessee Walker mixed named Jasman Elizabeth
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i lurv ponies day r da bst??? - i av a  pony called queenie she is da bst of da bst of da bst - frm mollz x

Ponies are 14.2hh and under not any above. :) Really cute ponies though! :D

ponies are very interesting

horses and ponies are sooooo cute i've been riding since i was 3  and  they are the best !!!!!

THEY ARE SO CUTE

ponies are really 14.2hh and under

i love ponies i have 4 of them there soooooo cute

Pony foals are smaller than horse foals

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A pony foal. Pony foals are smaller than horse foals, but both have long legs and small bodies


 

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