Because ponies are small in stature, they are often taken lightly. The plush "little humpbacked horse" seems so harmless! However, the pony's appearance is deceiving. Like large horses, ponies know how to kick and bite, and some of them have a better temper than the most capricious horse. After all, the harsh conditions in which their ancestors lived, developed a stubborn character in the pony. But they should not be considered as vicious. Well-trained ponies are friendly and welcoming. No wonder they are trusted to ride even the smallest children. The pony's hooves are so strong that they absolutely do not need horseshoes.
Like large horses, ponies are divided into breeds. There are Shetland ponies, Exmoor, Dartmoor, Connemara, Fjord, American and others.
There are tiny ponies, they are taller, but their main difference from the “real” horses is very short, strong legs. The most famous pony, of course Shetland, is a very ancient breed. In height, stocky, shaggy shetlands grow only a meter "with a tail." But they don’t take strength. Previously, these laborers worked in mines and mines: they carried very heavy trolleys with coal. After all, there was nowhere for a big horse to turn around. Shetland pony is very strong. He can carry a rider up to 100 kilograms of weight.
Since the history of ponies dates back centuries, we can say that they began to use them for horseback riding only recently - only at the beginning of the 19th century. They are trained in the same way as large horses, and they participate in the same sports as other horses. Here are the usual horse racing and obstacle racing, and dressage, where little riders and their horses show the skill of a beautiful ride.
Ponies come in completely different stripes. Most often spotted, piebald, black and light gray colors are found.