Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: In Sunny, HOT and HUMID S.C.
I've heard about the 14.2 height being used to determine if an equine is a pony or horse. I guess for mixed horse/pony breeds that might be something to consider.
However, you can also find horses that are pony height. E.g. I've seen full blood Arabians that are under 4.2. The daughter of a friend use to ride one. Cute little horse. Just the right size for her. I"ve also seen a Dales pony that exeeded 4.2, but he did not become horse :))
If the equiine is a pony breed, it will be pony even if it reaches over 14.2 (a large pony). If it is a horse breed it will be horse, even if it never gets to 14.2 (a small horse). And of course you have the smaller breeds of horse that are more likely to have offspring that sometimes fall below 14.2 like the Arabians, Mustangs (not uncommon), etc....
Animals, like people, can exceed or fall short of the breed standard. Doesn't change what they are.