- Feb 2019
- Pennsylvania, US
Yeah, I own "horses" that are both pony height (Norwegian Fjords) - they are terribly efficient at digesting everything they eat... ergo, they get called "chubby ponies". Whether you call them horses or ponies based on height, there are pretty distinct differences in how they handle their feeds and a distinctive difference in their skeletal structure, overall proportions, ability to handle the cold (heavier mane and coat, thicker skin), better endurance... you just don't want that "pony brain" (more intelligent, more stubborn). Were Mongolian "ponies" more like horses in their constitutions (like Caspians, mini's and Morgans)? Or more like ponies?Still, even though Mongolian horse is often called pony, but they are horses. They are small and if taken into account only size could be called pony, but for all the rest of characteristics they are horses. There are number of small horse breeds, Mongolian, Islandian, Samogotian. By the size they are close to pony, but they are horses. Grain diet does interesting things to horses it is not only much higher in nutrition, but also act as stimulant. Horses that get some grain have much more energy in general, which is not always good thing.
My first Fjord was at a show barn where he ate 2nd and 3rd cutting alfalfa and straight up grain... it was like he was on crack... but crack that makes you fat. LOL!