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Is there a behavioral difference between ponies and horses?

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From my experience, no a lot more than what can be found between any two individual horses or ponies. read more

What people perceive to be a natural behavior of a horse or pony is often a trained reflex. If trainers and owners treat a pony differently than a regular size horse then there will be differences in behavior but it is due to training and not due to size or breeding. read more

Some horses are more pony-ish in their behavior and physiology, and some ponies more horse-like. In fairness to the riders and these mounts though, these size standards help prevent ponies and small horses from having to show against larger animals, that because of their size might have an advantage. read more

Pony breeds, in addition to being shorter than horses, have other characteristics that make them different from horse breeds. Ponies and horses have different conformations. This means that they have differences in their bone structures, muscles and overall body proportions. read more

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