Horses and ponies are the same species (Equus ferus caballus), and can mate and produce viable offspring, similar to two different breeds of dogs mating.
The offspring will have some traits from each of its parents.
The trainer says she is half pony, half saddlebred.
Are horses and ponies the same species?
Ponies and horses are more similar than they are different. Both horses and ponies are of the same species (Equus caballus) and come from the exact same family tree. However, ponies stay small their whole life, maturing more quickly than horses.
Is a pony a breed?
Ponies are typically classified as members of Equus caballus that mature at less than 14.2 hands (58 inches, 147 cm). However, some pony breeds may occasionally have individuals who mature over 14.2 but retain all other breed characteristics.
What type of horse is a hunter?
Within the United States, horses are often of Warmblood or Thoroughbred type for horse classes. In the United States, show hunters are primarily exhibited over fences, with a few additional classes offered for horses shown in-hand or on the flat.
Is a pony a dwarf horse?
Horse or pony? While technically any member of Equus ferus caballus under 14.2 hands (58 inches, 147 cm) is termed a “pony,” many breeds, including some miniature breeds, actually retain a horse phenotype and their breed registry therefore classifies them as horses.