The horse, of course, is the horse. Except when it's not. Both horses and ponies are horses and come from the same species. These two mammals share many similarities. In general, you can ride them, use them and above all pamper them like spoiled pets . Both horses and ponies shaped human society, enabled humans to make agricultural and industrial progress, and helped civilizations wage wars and skirmishes.
They even brought us jewelry like the Pony Necklace .
THE SIZE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A Pony AND A HORSE
A horse and a pony are not exactly the same thing. The main difference between a horse and a pony is height. This is not the only differentiating criterion, but the most decisive. A horse with shoulders less than 1.48 m is considered a "Pony". This is a standard established by the International Equestrian Federation (FEI). This rule was also intended to facilitate competitions and competitions.
CHARACTER DIFFERENCES BETWEEN A pony and a horse
Size alone is not the criterion for distinguishing these two horses . They have very different characters . In general, the pony has a very docile and accommodating character. Therefore, initially children are put on ponies. This is why some horses are overtly accommodating.
PHYSICAL DIFFERENCES BETWEEN ponies and horses
It is difficult to confuse ponies and horses . They are visually well recognizable. So what are the physical differences between these two animals? Of course, the horse is larger than the pony. However, the pony is more robust and strong for its size . It can pull very heavy loads, so it is widely used in agricultural work and for towing cars. The average lifespan of a horse is 30 years versus 20 years and is more resistant to temperature changes . These traits come to him from his origin.
Whoever says stronger says less agile! The more agile of the two is the horse. As we have seen with horses in show jumping equestrian competitions , ponies cannot make high jumps. Their legs are shorter than their body. Finally, their manes and tails are usually bushy and thicker . This also gives them a cute side.
EXCEPTIONS: MINIATURE HORSES:
Sometimes a horse's height is measured manually. One hand = 10cm. At 14 hands and under 2 inches, it is no longer a horse but a pony. But despite the strict size distinction, some horses are exceptions . Take the Arabian horse for example: According to the Arabian Horse Association, the standard size for this elegant breed ranges from 14.1 to 15.1 hands, with some individuals standing above or below average. This means that some Arabian horses are about the size of a pony, although they are often referred to as horses. And then there's the Connemara Pony , which is still widely regarded as a pony, despite its average size being between 13 and 15 hands . these miniature horses are the most surprising example. in the United States, those with shoulders about 86 cm or lessThere are "mini horses". Yet despite their small size, these little horses are often called horses rather than ponies. In fact, as Horse Illustrated reports, the nature of a species can also affect whether we consider something to be a horse or a pony. The Minis were basically designed to look like their much larger counterparts, but were quite small , as if they had shrunk in the evolutionary dryer .
Despite the size difference, the two horses in this image are often referred to as horses. Habits often cause them to be called that. The Icelandic horse has an average height of 13 to 14 hands and a more imposing build. But breeders and records still refer to thick-maned Scandinavian horses as horses. It is said that the reason for this is not only the strength and carrying capacity of these animals, but also that the centuries-old Viking race is always called horse.
HABITS AND NAMES
As Élise Rousseau writes in "Horses of the World", there is no concept of ponies in the shorter breeds ; in these regions, horses, however small, are simply called horses.
In fact, determining when to summon a horse or pony can be just as difficult. A pony is a foal, not a baby horse. One might call his horse a pony just as an adult dog owner might call his dog a puppy, but that's more of an affectionate term than an acknowledgment of age.