Dunlee is a young kaimanawa/quarter horse cross. His mother was a wild kaimanawa who got in goal to a cremello q horse stallion.
Liv and her Caspian pony Shiraz.
Bo and her miniature horse Shady had their first competition together at the weekend. They won a shared first for their jumping. Minis can jump!
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.