Thought4 the day: Life can be confusing at the best of times and at some point in our lives and our horses we meet people that give different signals to the ones that they are actually saying and asking for. For us we can see the facial expression might say one thing but tone of voice another for a horse its different. It could be that the tone sas one and body language the other or vice versa. It... could be leg aids or hand aids when being ridden. None of us ride the same even if we were taught the same so this could confuse a horse or pony. Riding school ponies are more apt to figuring it out but horses that are a one on one some could panic others might refuse to move or comprehend what your asking until you figure it out and do it their way! Horses and ponies are very complex creatures just like us and its learning how to read them, understand them, trust them as they do us and become one that makes us a partnership. A partnership that can excel against anything else in life as horses are a constant. People come and go. Remember your horse as they are there thru the thick and thin...
Fact4 the day: A pony is a small horse (Equus ferus caballus). Depending on context, a pony may be a horse that is under an approximate or exact height at the withers, or a small horse with a specific conformation and temperament. There are many different breeds. Compared to other horses, ponies often exhibit thicker manes, tails and overall coat, as well as proportionally shorter legs, wider barr...els, heavier bone, thicker necks, and shorter heads with broader foreheads. The word "pony" derives from the old French poulenet, meaning foal, a young, immature horse, but this is not the modern meaning; unlike a horse foal, a pony remains small when fully grown. However, on occasion, people who are unfamiliar with horses may confuse an adult pony with a foal.
The ancestors of most modern ponies developed small stature due to living on the margins of livable horse habitat. These smaller animals were domesticated and bred for various purposes all over the Northern hemisphere. Ponies were historically used for driving and freight transport, as children's mounts, for recreational riding, and later as competitors and performers in their own right. During the Industrial Revolution, particularly in Great Britain, a significant number were used as pit ponies, hauling loads of coal in the mines.
Ponies are generally considered intelligent and friendly, though sometimes they also are described as stubborn or cunning. Properly trained ponies are appropriate mounts for children who are learning to ride. Larger ponies can be ridden by adults, as ponies are usually strong for their size. In modern use, many organizations define a pony as a mature horse that measures less than 14.2 hands (58 inches, 147 cm) at the withers, but there are a number of exceptions. Different organizations that use a strict measurement model vary from 14 hands (56 inches, 142 cm) to nearly 14.3 hands (59 inches, 150 cm). Many breeds classify an animal as either horse or pony based on pedigree and phenotype, no matter its height. Some full-sized horses may be called "ponies" for various reasons of tradition or as a term of endearment.
Quote 4the day:
For want of a Nail the Shoe was lost;
for want of a Shoe the Horse was lost;
and for want of a Horse the Rider was lost;
being overtaken and slain by the Enemy,
... all for want of Care
about a Horse-shoe Nail.