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post #1 of 10 Old 12-30-2012, 09:28 PM Thread Starter
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pony sized

So I'll just cut to the chase...

My Arab is 14-14.2 hands. Is she considered a pony? I read once that Arabs are exempt from this as most are small. What is true pony size for Arabs? Do they actually differ? What makes a pony? Just size? I know I sound stupid but I hear so many different things in regards to this topic. Thanks ahead of time :)
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post #2 of 10 Old 12-30-2012, 09:34 PM
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I consider 14 to a large pony or small horse. Depends on the breed, you can search this info on the breed page, google or whatever Arab horse registry, or quarter, or whatever breed you wish. I know of some gaited horses that are smaller than 14 hands, and they are still considered horses by the breed registry.
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My Arab is 14.1 and I call him a pony. Technically, since Arabs are smaller horses, even if they are pony sized they aren't called ponies =]
I do show jumping with him, and since he IS pony sized I can still do the pony strides with him.
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so a pony is just a size matter? By breed? Thats what Im understanding...

I'm a small person too luckily and everyone including me calls my mare a pony, actually a my little pony :)

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It is very much a breed thing. Arabians are never ponies, no matter how short they are. Same for lots of other breeds, such as Quarter Horses, Icelandic horses etc. Other breeds are always called ponies - Welsh Section C are a good example of this, some of them are tall enough to be considered "horses" by height standards, but are always called ponies.

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My Arab mare is 14.1 so I refer to her as a horse (since breed-wise, she's a horse). If the person I'm talking to doesn't know about horse heights and seems interested, I'll generally mention that she's a pony height (shorter than 14.2) but a horse breed and that, since breed takes precedence in determining horse vs pony, she's technically a pony-sized horse.

I can't remember the specifics, but with true ponies, there's some kind of difference in body proportions. I can't remember what the exact differences are (perhaps something to do with head size vs body size??) but I know that it comes into play with miniature horses. Mini's, though technically pony-sized, have horse proportions and are therefore considered to be horses.

Well, that makes things clear as mud!
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"Pony" is a breed not a size.

So a Welsh pony is always a pony even if you had a freak of a Welsh pony that grew to be 16hh.

A horse is always a horse, no matter how ridiculously small they are.

So my 14.2hh Morgan is a horse. He may jokingly be referred to as a pony but he's a horse.

Now in jumping, horses are classified by size. 14.2hh and under is classified as "pony" and issued a pony card. So I could take my Morgan who is definitely a horse and obtain a pony card for him. As the strides are set by pony or horse-sized class, a 14.2hh equine with a pony card is extremely valuable as they will have an advantage whereas a 14.3hh equine is the least desirable as they have to compete as a horse and at a big disadvantage.
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Thank you all so much!! Makes complete sense now!! The light bulb clicked lol :)

We joke that my horse looks like a "my little pony" toy.

Doesn't help our riding buddies are all over 15hh and 2 are OTTBs 16.5hh and 17.1hh Lol
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Our Paint mares, all 14.2-14.3hh, would be terribly upset if you called them ponies

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post #10 of 10 Old 12-31-2012, 05:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Delfina View Post
"Pony" is a breed not a size.


No it is a size. Some breeds are described as "horses" (arabs, haflingers etc) and some breeds are "ponies" (welsh A, dartmoor etc), but that does not take away the size element of the term of "pony" A pony is anything under 14.2 generally and a horse anything over.

A "pony" is not a breed in itself.
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