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  • How many hands is a large pony
  • How many hands is a pony

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    05-28-2012, 10:02 PM
  #21
Foal
This is all quite confusing. :0

I know my horses arn't ponies though even though they measure 14 and 14.2 hands.
There's 3 different ponies out in the field where we used to keep them.


Spirit is a mustang and Montana is a Appaloosa draft horse, Montana is a pretty big horse, at least 1000 pounds. She even has to wear an x larrge halter.
     
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    05-29-2012, 01:29 AM
  #22
Weanling
If Montana is the horse in your avatar, she is definitely large pony size unless you are exceptionally tall!
     
    05-29-2012, 03:06 PM
  #23
Green Broke
Did you measure correctly? From bottom of hoof to top of wither ? Not the back.
The rule of them in my area, is under 14.2 h it is a pony. I have a 14.1 h mustang and quarter that I call small horses :) . Head size does not make a horse. My fjord is small also even though she is considered a horse for the breed. Quarter horses have had the height limit removed. There is a diff between a shetland, welsh pony, and the small horse pony. The shetland and welsh are quite small :) I hope you are not confused more.
It basically depends on the breed. My draft crosses are 16 hands and larger. ANd by the pic shown yours could be a pony .
And Seriously, if you are happy with them what diff would it make ? I love all my horses even the fugly ones :)
     
    05-29-2012, 03:25 PM
  #24
Weanling
I heard 13.3 under is a pony. What I do know is if someone called my 14.2 horse a pony they would have a broke nose.
     
    05-29-2012, 03:26 PM
  #25
Trained
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Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
Except arguably Haflingers. They can be shorter than 14.2 hands and be considered a horse. Which is really funny lol..
Same with Arabians.
A good rule of thumb is to used your own height, stand next to your horse/pony's withers are guesstimate, taller or shorter than yourself. Helps when you shop bc the uneducated assume that 16'2hh is a good thing, but have no clue it applies to height. I've heard/read about many horses for sale that were 16'2hh (to the seller) but were actually pony height.
     
    05-29-2012, 03:26 PM
  #26
Green Broke
The pony/horse distinction is pretty arbitrary. It's vaguely useful to have small/med/large pony classifications for kids, but doesn't make much sense for adults.

I'm a short adult and fit well on horses (or ponies) 14-15hh. To differentiate a horse and a pony based on an inch difference between 14.2 and 14.3 in my case just seems silly
     
    05-29-2012, 04:42 PM
  #27
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hayleaoryan    
This is all quite confusing. :0

I know my horses arn't ponies though even though they measure 14 and 14.2 hands.
There's 3 different ponies out in the field where we used to keep them.


Spirit is a mustang and Montana is a Appaloosa draft horse, Montana is a pretty big horse, at least 1000 pounds. She even has to wear an x larrge halter.
No, if your horses are 14 and 14.2 then they are ponies. That's just the way they are. XD It's not a bad thing, it just is.

:)


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Originally Posted by cowboy bowhunter    
I heard 13.3 under is a pony. What I do know is if someone called my 14.2 horse a pony they would have a broke nose.
Nope, it is 14.2 hands. Therefore your 14.2 hh horse is a pony. 'Tis just the way it is. A pony is not a bad thing, it is just a term.
     
    05-29-2012, 07:00 PM
  #28
Started
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Originally Posted by MakeYourMark    
No, if your horses are 14 and 14.2 then they are ponies.
Totally disagree. And I say that because I like ponies!
     
    05-29-2012, 07:15 PM
  #29
Foal
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Originally Posted by ponyboy    
Totally disagree. And I say that because I like ponies!
What on God's green earth are you talking about?

A horse that stands 14.2 hands or under is a pony. Period. End of story.

That is just the way it is. XD
     
    05-29-2012, 07:32 PM
  #30
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by MakeYourMark    
What on God's green earth are you talking about?

A horse that stands 14.2 hands or under is a pony. Period. End of story.

That is just the way it is. XD
As if anything in the horse world were so simple

You'll get a pretty mean look from AMHA enthusiasts if you call their little guys ponies!
     

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