The differences between ponies and horses


There are perceived differences, and then there are actual differences between ponies and horses.


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  • Perceived differences are that ponies are more stubborn, naughtier, chubbier. Certainly, this is the case for some ponies – but I also know plenty of wonderful, kind, and svelte ponies that counteract this pony stereotype. I also know plenty of horses that are stubborn, naughty, and chubby.


pony in a bridle at a horse showLooks adorable, might still be a little naughty thing.


Real differences between ponies and horses may change the way you manage your pony.


  • It turns out that ponies are asked to carry a larger percentage of their weight than their horse counterparts. This, in turn, means that your pony is putting more stress and strain on his joints, back, muscles, and hooves. You know, all of the pony parts.


  • Ponies are also more prone to skeletal problems, so that the larger percentage of weight they carry may affect their bones, too.


small gray pony in cross ties


Ponies are also famous for becoming overweight!


  • While this makes them adorable, the health consequences are real. Metabolic disorders, such as Cushing’s disease, are common and can contribute to laminitis.


  • Ponies can also develop liver problems and have increased blood levels of fats. Overweight ponies also put even more pressure and strain on their legs and joints.


When you are caring for a pony, you will need to step up the care and management routine in a few areas.


  • Monitor weight, use grazing muzzles, and have regular blood tests to stay ahead of metabolic disorders.


  • Support your pony’s body with properly fitted tack, and use therapeutic measures to pamper his legs.


  • Regular grooming, Veterinary care, and a well-balanced diet will help your pony thrive. And stay naughty.


cute palomino pony walking at a horse show


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