Slim Shady the Miniature HorseĀ 

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. 

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Dunlee the Quarter Horse

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.