Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Just south of sanity
smrobs, the height thing for what is or isn't a pony is part of the show world.
For showing purposes, anything under 14.3 h can be considered a pony regardless of the breed.
I too have horses, not ponies. Arabians are horses and can be shown as such, even if they're 13 h. However, many Arabians show in pony classes because they're small enough to meet the height requirement.
I've had people say something about 'Arab ponies' in a class. When asked, it turns out they're registered purebreds, so they're definitely not ponies.
Like you, I look at breed, not height. Shetlands, Connemaras, Welsh, are all pony breeds.