Originally Posted by Gidget
you are correct.
Arabs,no matter what size..they can be in the 13 hand range and although they are pony height they are considered horses.
We have a mustang. She was wild at one time. Have no clue what she has in her but she is 14.2 hands even so she is considered a pony horse?...ahh,now I'm kind of confused,lol.
Mustangs are a "horse" "breed", like Arabians (without the pedigree
, but we won't start on that), regardless of height. They've also be called an Indian pony in the old days or a cow pony, but they are still horses. In fact the 14.2 isn't used in all parts of the world as the determining height for a pony. I think 14 is the measurement in Australia (but I could be mistaken).
There are other physical differences between a horse and pony. Generally (and bit over simplified) when compared to a horse a pony is shorter, rounder, heavier (by size) with a shorter head. This is a generalization, and there are more things that are taken into consideration.