My Kingdom for a Hoss

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  1. geekzilla Banned Banned

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    Admittedly, my memory is a little vague but Whether classified as a horse or a pony is down to size. Measured by 'hands'.

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    Ponies
    Main article: Pony
    The general rule for height distinguishing between a horse and a pony at maturity is 14.2 hands (58 inches, 147 cm). An animal 14.2 h or over is usually considered to be a horse and one less than 14.2 h a pony.[28] However, there are many exceptions to the general rule. In Australia, ponies measure under 14 hands (56 inches, 142 cm).[29] The International Federation for Equestrian Sports, which uses metric measurements, defines the cutoff between horses and ponies at 148 centimetres (58.27 in) (just over 14.2 h) without shoes and 149 centimetres (58.66 in) (just over 14.2½ h) with shoes.[30] Some breeds which typically produce individuals both under and over 14.2 h consider all animals of that breed to be horses regardless of their height.[31] Conversely, some pony breeds may have features in common with horses, and individual animals may occasionally mature at over 14.2 h, but are still considered to be ponies.[32]
    The distinction between a horse and pony is not simply a difference in height, but other aspects of phenotype or appearance, such as conformation and temperament. Ponies often exhibit thicker manes, tails, and overall coat. They also have proportionally shorter legs, wider barrels, heavier bone, shorter and thicker necks, and short heads with broad foreheads. They may have calmer temperaments than horses and also a high level of equine intelligence that may or may not be used to cooperate with human handlers.[28] In fact, small size, by itself, is sometimes not a factor at all. While the Shetland pony stands on average 10 hands (40 inches, 102 cm),[33] the Falabella and other miniature horses, which can be no taller than 30 inches (76 cm), the size of a medium-sized dog, are classified by their respective registries as very small horses rather than as ponies.[34]


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  3. scheherazade Northern Horse Whisperer Valued Senior Member

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    Size and measurement
    See also: Hand (length)

    The height of horses is measured at the highest point of the withers, where the neck meets the back. This point was chosen because it is a stable point of the anatomy, unlike the head or neck, which move up and down.

    The English-speaking world measures the height of horses in hands and inches. One hand is equal to 4 inches (101.6 mm). The height is expressed as the number of full hands, followed by a point, then the number of additional inches, then the abbreviation "h" or "hh" (for "hands high"). Thus, a horse described as "15.2 h" is 15 hands (60 inches, 152 cm) plus 2 inches (5.1 cm), for a total of 62 inches (157.5 cm) in height.[22]
    A large brown horse is chasing a small horse in a pasture.
    Size varies greatly among horse breeds, as with this full-sized horse and a miniature horse.

    The size of horses varies by breed, but also is influenced by nutrition. Light riding horses usually range in height from 14 to 16 hands (56 to 64 inches, 142 to 163 cm) and can weigh from 380 to 550 kilograms (840 to 1,200 lb).[23] Larger riding horses usually start at about 15.2 hands (62 inches, 157 cm) and often are as tall as 17 hands (68 inches, 173 cm), weighing from 500 to 600 kilograms (1,100 to 1,300 lb).[24] Heavy or draft horses are usually at least 16 to 18 hands (64 to 72 inches, 163 to 183 cm) high and can weigh from about 700 to 1,000 kilograms (1,500 to 2,200 lb).[25]

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  5. geekzilla Banned Banned

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    That be a horse chasing a Shetland Pony.

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  7. GeoffP Caput gerat lupinum Valued Senior Member

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    Perhaps it's hungry.
     
  8. geekzilla Banned Banned

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    Horses are not carnivorous as far as I know.
     
  9. MacGyver1968 Fixin' Shit that Ain't Broke Valued Senior Member

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    Weren't Shetland's bred to pull carts in mines?

    I'm pretty sure I've posted this pic before...but here's my favorite hoss..."Cool Hand Luke"

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    Although he's much bigger now, but still is an attention whore.
     
  10. Dywyddyr Penguinaciously duckalicious. Valued Senior Member

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    That's what they claim.
    Just to lull you.
     
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  11. geekzilla Banned Banned

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    He should trample you for such a remark.
     
  12. scheherazade Northern Horse Whisperer Valued Senior Member

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    The title on the picture was as supplied by Wiki, not myself.

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    Not for me to correct their inaccuracies, especially not knowing the exact pedigree of the horses.....whatever....

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    I reckon we are both 'nitpickers' lol....

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  13. MacGyver1968 Fixin' Shit that Ain't Broke Valued Senior Member

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    Naaa...he'd just stick his nose in your face while your working to get petted.

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  14. Dywyddyr Penguinaciously duckalicious. Valued Senior Member

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    And we all know how hard YOU work to get petted.
     
  15. scheherazade Northern Horse Whisperer Valued Senior Member

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    Ever we observe in others those traits that are latent in ourselves, lol...

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    Most of us bask in a little sunshine from others on occasion.

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    Certainly I do, and observe that others enjoy a kind remark, even if it's just addressing them by name. Helps us feel connected.

    This little guy is my pride and joy....Yukon's Handyman

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  16. geekzilla Banned Banned

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    Nah. I used to have a friend who had some is all.
     
  17. MacGyver1968 Fixin' Shit that Ain't Broke Valued Senior Member

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    Ok..I admit it...I'm an attention whore too!

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    CHL is just so funny sometimes...in a way he acts like a dog. My cousin has a cattle guard that separates his house from the pasture. (link) Whenever he has a lot of vistors, CHL will just stand at the cattle guard, waiting for people to come over and give him some lovin'.
     
  18. scheherazade Northern Horse Whisperer Valued Senior Member

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    Cattle guards are also known as Texas Gates. They work well at keeping in cattle and vehicles can freely cross over with no need for stopping and messing with a swinging gate.

    Some horses are bold and clever enough to navigate them, though. Those old trail horses learn how to navigate a lot of hazards.

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  19. MacGyver1968 Fixin' Shit that Ain't Broke Valued Senior Member

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    I don't doubt that...they certainly don't slow down his dogs.
     
  20. Orleander OH JOY!!!! Valued Senior Member

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    I hate those damn cattle guards. For some reason when I was a kid I turned my bike around right on top of one. ZOOP! Down went my front tire right between the bars. I sat there bawling until a rancher drove up and wiggled my bike out. The pathetic thing is I did it more than once
     
  21. MacGyver1968 Fixin' Shit that Ain't Broke Valued Senior Member

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    LOL.....Poor Orleander. You should have grabbed a tricycle. I think you could of pulled off an escape then.....

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    Did you hurt yourself when the bike went through the cattle guard, or did you just scare yourself and then frustrated by being stuck?
     
  23. Orleander OH JOY!!!! Valued Senior Member

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    More mad that I was stuck. The pedal got down in there. I was worried that I would get run over. It didn't help that the guy who got me out the first time (Walt) got me out the second time.
     

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