Ponies, in terms of their special characteristics, is that they are smaller than horses, since, his height oscillates around 150 cm and his weight is around one hundred kilos. They also have sturdy short legs and thicker fur.
After various studies it has been shown that horse ancestors They had a size similar to that of today's ponies. The domestication and human selection led to the improvement of the species and they reached a greater height.
The oldest known breed of ponies is the Exmoor, used by the ancient settlers of Great Britain before the Roman occupation. Currently there are at least 55 recognized breeds of ponies, all of them originating from their ancestors.
Many of the breeds are native to Western Europe, the smallest is the Shetland, with sizes ranging from 70 cm to 106 cm. Among other breeds in this region are the Asturcones, the Monchinos, the Galician Ponies, or the Forest.
Still exist descendants of the purest and most primitive races of ponies and they are characterized by the fact that they retain some characteristics of the primitive equines from which they descend, such as stripes along the back or on the legs, a mealy snout, bushy and semi-upright manes, etc.
Because it is extremely docile and easy to assemble, they are ideal, mainly, as horseback riding and some equestrian activitiess such as dressage, rejoneo and in special cases, jumping, since although it is very short, a pony can jump over obstacles up to 1,40 meters high.
The pony stands out for being a tremendously sensitive species, if for some reason feels mistreated gets depressedTherefore, their care is very special and we must ensure that they feel happy and at ease with their caregivers.