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.
This is Dunlee our Kaimanawa/ American Quarter Horse cross.
When horse racing developed in America in the 17th and 18th centuries they were often run over shorter courses than the classic English races. The quarter horse developed as a breed that excelled at sprinting over the quarter mile course, hence the name.
Their speed and agility later made them a firm favorite with the cowboys of the old west.
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.