Slim Shady the miniature horse arrived at the farm on the weekend, to the girls joy.
Now I have learned in the past year that any equinuus caraballas less than 14.2hh is a pony. Unless they are a miniature horse, in which case they are a horse. Why the contradiction?
My reading on the topic is that ponies are naturally occurring, often specific breeds like Shetland ponies or Welsh Mountain ponies. The miniature horse in contrast was developed in the 17th century as a toy for the European nobility. They are like a bantamised horse and retain horse phenotypes.
I recently found photos of my thoroughbred Power in race mode. . . and winning form.
It is hard to believe that the chilled goof ball in the paddock was not long ago a pumped elite athelete.
This is my daughter and I at a gymkhana earmy in 2016. She is riding a recently broken-to-saddle pony, Little Miss.
The sketch captures the moment I realized that I had become an equestrian dad. From this time onwards life would revolve around horses.