Pony Facts: 15 Things You Didn’t Know (Part 1)


A pony is a cute animal and the premise of a cartoon that has entertained kids for 30 years. However, there are interesting things you may not know about these miniature horses. Let’s just say there’s much more to a pony than meets the eye. Prepare to be educated beyond the cartoon series!

Number Fifteen: Their Hooves Have Something in Common With Our Hair

Ponies’ hooves are made from the same protein that is in human fingernails and hair. Really! We have that common.

Number Fourteen: A Pony Is an Equidae

Whatever that means? Basically, ponies do not have gall bladders. Ponies needs equine nutrition, which is a delicate way of feeding them. Because of their sensitive digestive system, they do a lot of grass grazing.

Number Thirteen: They Were Thought to Be Colorblind

For centuries, ponies were thought to be colorblind. However, they are not and get to enjoy the blossoming flowers of spring. Most ponies still have trouble with purples and violets, though, which appear green to them instead.

Number Twelve: One Particular Type of Pony Made it Into The Top 10 Rarest Horse Breeds

The Newfoundland Pony was initially bred from colonial stock, meant to upkeep farms. This particular type did everything from driving to plowing. That’s probably why they are the only breed of pony that made it in the top 10.

Number Eleven: What’s All The Rage With The Shetland Pony?

The Shetland pony is a popular child’s pet and training mount in Scotland. There are more than 200 breeds of ponies, but the Shetland is the most prominent. Shetland ponies can live up to 30 years or longer and have some intense history. They were used as pack horses in 1850s and taken to England to work in coal mines.

Number Ten: There Is an Annual Pony Auction That Was Coined By a Book

In July of every year, those folk who live off the coasts of Maryland and Virginia round up ponies and sell them at an auction. This particular round-up became famous from Marguerite Henry’s book, Misty of Chincoteague, Misty being the pony of course.

Number Nine: A Pony Is Almost Freakishly Strong

Pound for pound, ponies are actually stronger than a standard size horse. Adult ponies can haul 20 percent of its own body weight. As you can see, ponies are so much more than a child’s pet. They are powerful, historical and monumental in agriculture and travel. Maybe they feel the Napoleon effect? They are small, but prevailing. Believe it or not, there’s more. Stay tuned for part two of this list, coming soon!