I'm a fairly small guy. Am I 5'7" or 5'8"? Depends on the day, the doctor's office, etc. How tall is Mia? I've had vets say 15.2 & 15.3. I'm sure she is under 16 hands, but I wouldn't die of shock if someone measured her at 15.1.
How does one know?
"The FEI's definition of a pony still is, "a small horse whose height at the withers, having been measured on a smooth level surface, does not exceed 148 cm without shoes or 149 cm with shoes."FEI Pony Measurement Rules Fine-tuned and Regulated | eurodressage
10. The pony must be positioned for measurement with the front legs parallel and perpendicular; the toes of the front feet should be in line. Both hindfeet must be taking weight and as near perpendicular as possible; the toes of the hind feet should be not more than 15 cm out of line with each other.
11. The pony’s head must be in its natural upright position.
12. The measurement must be taken at the highest point of the withers (i.e. Immediately above the spinous process of the 5th thoracic vertebra) which should be identified by palpation if necessary and marked before any measurements are made. The FEI measuring ve terinarians may refuse to measure a pony whose withers show signs of having been interfered w ith.
13. The veterinarian carrying out the measurement has the responsibility that the stick he uses is an accurate one. The stick must be fitted with a spirit level and must be shod with metal. A laser device can also be used.
14. Each pony will be measured in succession by two FEI Measuring veterinarians. Should the two measurements differ, the lower of the two heights will be taken as definitive and no further measurement will take place at the competition."
148 cm equals 58.26772 inches, without shoes, or 14.2 1/4 hands.
Originally Posted by SouthernTrails
Tell my 14-2 hand qh which is a cutting horse or my 14-1 Appy they are a pony and they will kick or bite you
I've got a 13.0 hands mustang gelding. My wife claims that if you need to clean his sheath, you need only to tell him he's a pony & not a horse. He'll do his best then to prove otherwise...
...Frankly, I"m willing to call him a horse.
As for the law, it depends on the state. If the buyer has a written promise the horse was at least 15.0 hands, then he might be entitled to something. Small claims cases can depend more on what the judge had for lunch than the law, but I doubt the buyer would get anything in most courts. I'm not a lawyer, and I doubt the horse cost enough to justify anyone hiring a lawyer.
We're in the process of selling 2 acres of land. The disclosure form I filled out was to the best of my knowledge, and I was extremely accurate - to the best of my knowledge. Being anal, I looked up things like road ownership, military low level routes and learned things I didn't know the entire time I owned the land. But our contract also calls for the BUYER to exercise due diligence, and not to rely on any of my statements as total, verifiable truth.
If you really want to know the legal 'truth', the best bet is to contact a county bar association referral service. You can usually get a reference that includes some time talking to a licensed attorney for $25-50. Internet advice is well meaning, but often wrong. But if I were the seller in this case, I'd probably say something rude to the buyer. If the buyer agreed to pay all costs in returning the horse, I probably would take the horse back on the theory that no horse I've owned should end up in the hands of a jerk like that.