Is Pony a Baby Horse?
No, ponies are not baby horses. They are a type of horse that happens to be smaller than average. By definition, a pony is a horse no taller than 58 inches when fully grown. It weighs less than 800 pounds.
Most of the ponies that you see are Shetland ponies. They originally came from the Shetland Islands of Great Britain. These ponies are descendants of horses brought to the islands centuries ago.
The pony’s small size and heavy coat are characteristics which developed in order to help it survive in a harsh climate where food was scarce. Ponies have short legs and wider bodies than full-sized horses. Ponies often have thicker manes too.
People can ride ponies, just like they can ride full-sized horses. Historically, people have also used ponies to pull carts and help with transportation.
In fact, a baby horse is called a foal. A foal is a horse that is younger than one year old. A pony can be any age. A baby pony is also called a foal.