In some English-speaking countries horses are measured in “hands” (1 hand = 4 inches = 10.16 cm). Often a mature horse is called a pony, when it is smaller than 14.2 hands at the withers (147 cm).
In equestrian sports, sport ponies may not be taller than 148 cm.
The typical pony races developed in harsh natural environment, which could not offer optimal habitat for horses. Robust types with short legs, dense hair and strong nerves, which are satisfied also with light feed, developed.
Ponies were historically used for driving and freight transport.
There are pony breeds that can carry more than their own weight. Others can pull many times their weight!
The Shetland pony originates from the Shetland Islands. It is one of the strongest horses in relation to its height. Shetland ponies can pull twice their own weight. In Great Britain they were used as pit ponies in coal mines in the past.
Further known pony breeds are the Icelanders, Haflinger and Norwegians.
The wild form of the domestic horse, the Eurasian wild horse, is unfortunately extinct.
weltweit, zahlreiche Ponyrassen
Ponys: 40 bis 148 cm
Großpferde: bis 220 cm
bis 180 cm (Pony)
90 bis 600 kg (Pony)
20 bis 40 Jahre
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You can study the complete program online in our park calendar, take the flyer in the park shop or download it. […]
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