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post #1 of 21 Old 09-27-2010, 01:27 PM Thread Starter
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Question do i have a pony or a horse???

ok rusty is 14.2 hands high and I don't kno what the regulation height is for a horse... he is a 3 year old stallion... but we are getting him gelded soon... will he get any bigger or is he going to stay 14.2 hands? I don't know when a horse quits growing... please tell me what you kno...

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post #2 of 21 Old 09-27-2010, 01:29 PM
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If he's only three he will grow some more. 14.2 and under is the height for a pony, but yours will definitely not be a pony. Also, what breed is he?

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post #3 of 21 Old 09-27-2010, 01:39 PM Thread Starter
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he is a tennessee walker/quarter horse

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post #4 of 21 Old 09-27-2010, 01:42 PM
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He won't be a pony then. I would say he will grow to be around 15 hands or so. My boy stopped growing when he was about five or six.

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post #5 of 21 Old 09-27-2010, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
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well thanks a lot for your help do you have msn or anything so I can keep intouch because you seem like you could be the person to talk to to compare if I have a situation

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post #6 of 21 Old 09-27-2010, 01:58 PM
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Yep, it is likely he will sprout a bit taller. One of my horses shot up another 2 inches after I started riding him the fall of his 5 year old year LOL. I guess it depends on where you are from and what kind of horse people you grew up with to know what you call a pony and what you call a horse. I had never heard the height rule for ponies until I joined here, I always saw ponies as more of a breed description (shetlands, minis, any other breed that is purposefully bred to be short). To me, all horse breeds (Quarter horses, TWH, TBs, Arabs, etc) are all considered horses no matter how tall they are. We had a QH mare that barely broke 13 hands but I wouldn't have dreamed of calling her a pony.

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I don't have MSN, but if you need anything you can send me a message on here. I'm online pretty much everyday.

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post #8 of 21 Old 09-27-2010, 02:04 PM Thread Starter
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ok thank you a lot

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post #9 of 21 Old 09-27-2010, 02:04 PM
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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.
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post #10 of 21 Old 09-27-2010, 02:11 PM
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Glad to help you out!

I also agree with SR and smrobs about the breed of the horse determining if it's a pony or not.

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