Horses and Ponies For Sale in Namibia

Horses and Ponies For Sale in Namibia

What are Horses and Ponies?

A pony is a type of small horse (Equus ferus caballus). Depending on the 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. Compared to a larger horse, a pony may have a thicker coat, mane and tail, with proportionally shorter legs, a wider barrel, heavier bone, a thicker neck and a shorter, broader head. The word pony derives from the old French poulenet, meaning foal, a young, immature horse.[1]: 1041 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between pony and horse?

The most obvious difference between a horse and a pony is size with horses usually considered to be an equine that are at least 14.2 hands tall while anything less than 14.2 hands is considered a pony.

Is a pony a breed of horse?

pony, any of several breeds of small horses standing less than 14.2 hands (147 cm, or 58 inches) high and noted for gentleness and endurance.

Where did ponies come from?

History. It is believed that domesticated ponies were developed from small, hardy wild horses that populated Northern Europe and Eurasia. Their small size was a result of rough living conditions and often scarce grazing, but that also contributed to their tough, hardy, easy-keeping constitutions.

What are ponies used for?

They are seen in many different equestrian pursuits. Some breeds, such as the Hackney pony, are primarily used for driving, while other breeds, such as the Connemara pony and Australian Pony, are used primarily for riding. Others, such as the Welsh pony, are used for both riding and driving.

Are ponies still horses?

A young horse is known as a foal. Horses come in many different breeds, including those classified as ponies. Ponies are small breeds of horses that, because of their size, appear much smaller when fully grown than larger breeds of horses.

Why do ponies live longer than horses?

In 1999, researchers in Washington, USA, found that ponies — unlike horses — do not become hypoxaemic (deficient of oxygen in the blood) or hypercapnoeic (suffering from too much carbon dioxide in the blood) during exercise. Ponies live longer than horses — possibly because they don’t go as fast.

How long do ponies live?

Generally, the average lifespan of a pony is the same as a horse (25-30 years), although ponies tend to live longer. It can be easier to keep an older pony in work, as the demands of a casual children’s lesson horse are lighter than those of an Olympic show-jumper, for example.

What are female ponies called?

Any female horse over the age of four years old is called a mare. Between the age of one-year-old and four years old, female horses are referred to as fillies. You may also hear a female horse called a broodmare or a dam as they reach breeding age.

What are three facts about ponies?

Ponies are stockier than horses with shorter legs, wider barrels (bodies), shorter, thicker necks and shorter heads with broad foreheads. Ponies bones are also heavier than horses! Shetland ponies are the strongest of the smaller ponies in spite of their small size. Ponies’ temperament also separates them from horses.

What food do ponies eat?

Ponies eat hay or grass. A healthy pony only needs hay or grass to maintain proper body weight. Obesity is a serious concern and should be avoided at all costs; limit grass and hay with high carbohydrates. Forage is essential to a pony’s diet; however, rich grass or hay can cause digestion problems.