Domestic ponies are found worldwide except in Antarctica.
Physical characteristics are very similar to horses. However, ponies usually have a stockier build, shorter legs, wider foreheads and grow a thicker winter coat.
Height under 14.2 hands high. (One hand is equal to 4 inches).
On average they live 30 years but may live to 40 years or more.
Hay, grass and grain
Ponies are a placental mammal with an 11 month gestation period
As a domestic breed, ponies were used historically to pull carts in the coal mining industry. They are now used primarily for recreational purposes or showing.
There are currently eight heritage breed ponies listed in the Livestock Breed Conservancy. Three of which have a critically endangered status.
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Hugh Kaul Children’s Zoo Barn
Napoleon is about 9 years old and was donated to the zoo in 2011. It appears as though he is not listed in any registry leaving the Zoo unable to verify his breed. Napoleon is curious and playful. He enjoys walks and grazing time.
Ponies (and horses) can take short naps while standing by using a specially designed ligament and tendon locking mechanism in the leg. Ponies are not miniature horses. Medical problems involving the digestive system are serious because equids cannot vomit to rid the body of toxins or obstructions.