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post #1 of 8 Old 02-26-2012, 05:13 PM Thread Starter
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Smile POA's what exactly are they =O!?

Are they like mixed breeds of horses with a breed registration deal thing? I have always wondered about it. So what exactly are they?
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They started out as Appaloosa X Shetland but I hear now they are breeding the Shetland out of them and replacing it with various other breeds.
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They started out as Appaloosa X Shetland but I hear now they are breeding the Shetland out of them and replacing it with various other breeds.

So it is basically a mutt mixed horse with multiple horses of other breeds in them right?
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I have had 2 POAs and they were both Appy/Welsh/Arab mixes :)
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So it is basically a mutt mixed horse with multiple horses of other breeds in them right?
Yes...
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The politically correct term is "designer horses".

The dog people did the same thing to get big bucks from mixed breeds....a cockapoo is a prime example.
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The politically correct term is "designer horses".

The dog people did the same thing to get big bucks from mixed breeds....a cockapoo is a prime example.

ALL breeds were mutts before they became breeds.
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POA's started out as Appaloosas/Shetland/Arabian mixes. The goal was to create a small, good minded, pony for children.
Nowadays they're breeding true (unlike "designer" dogs) so most POA's have POA parents. I'm pretty sure outcrossing with Appies, QH's, and possibly Arabians is allowed but I'm not sure 100%.

Personally, POAs are my second favorite breed. I just love their personalities. And those spots are adorable!

Here's a good link with information about the breed:

Pony of the Americas - POA - Ponies & Breeds
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