Jump to: navigation, search

Buying a Pony of America

Buying a Pony of AmericaBuying a Pony of America

 

How to Select a Pony of America

The Pony of the Americas (POA) was designed as a mount specially for children, with quiet dispostions and a gentle nature.

Step 1:

Know that the Pony of the Americas breed was created in 1954 by breeding an Appaloosa/Arabian mare to a Shetland Pony stallion.

Step 2:

Visualize that POA have mostly white over their loins and hips with dark, egg-shaped spots. Their coat markings are similar to that of an Appaloosa.

Step 3:

The POA stand between 11.2 to 14 hands at the withers and typically weigh 750 to 950 pounds.

Step 4:

Registering a POA foal requires that one of the parents be a registered POA.

Step 5:

Understand that to register a pony of unknown lineage it must be at least two years old and meet color and height requirements to be considered for hardship registration.

Step 6:

Beware that ponies with Paint, pinto or albino parentage or markings cannot be registered.

Step 7:

Identify POA by their mottled skin, particularly around the nose, well-muscled shoulders and forearms, deep chest, refined and slightly dished head, large prominent eyes with white around them, short back, long belly and vertical black-and-white stripes on their hooves.

Step 8:

Choose the POA because it is gentle and easy to train. They excel at trail riding, endurance, driving, gymkhana, dressage, ranch work and hunting.

Step 9:

Realize that the POA tiny stature can make finding well-fitting tack difficult.

Step 10:

Watching the POA weight is always a concern.

Step 11:

Know that all ponies are at risk of laminitis (a severe inflamation of the foot that causes great pain and deformation).

Tips & Warnings:

Contact the Pony of the Americas Club Inc at 5240 Elmwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46203. (317) 788-0107.

Horses have personalities just as humans do, make sure you spend time with an individual horse before you buy him or her.


Share

Premier Equine Classifieds

Subscribe

Subscribe to our newsletter and keep abreast of the latest news, articles and information delivered directly to your inbox.

Did You Know?

Modern horse breeds developed in response to a need for "form to function", the necessity to develop certain physical characteristics in order to perform a certain type of work... More...


The Gypsy Cob was originally bred to be a wagon horse and pulled wagons or caravans known as Vardos; a type of covered wagon that people lived in... More...


Archaeological evidence indicates that the Arabian horse bloodline dates back 4,500 years. Throughout history, Arabian horses spread around the world by both war and trade.... More...


That the term "Sporthorse" is a term used to describe a type of horse rather than any particular breed... More...