What is a pony?
What is it that makes a pony so special? They are NOT small horses, or young horses. A pony does NOT grow into a horse. Ponies have evolved over centuries in environments where horses could not survive.
They are smaller than a horse, and hardier than a horse.They have thrived in harsh and mountainous climates, remote islands and arid highlands. They are tough, sure-footed and they can live off of sparse and coarse vegetation. They have worked alongside humans in deplorable working conditions like the mines.
And so they are smaller, and so they are cute, and thus have they have become desirable as pets in our modern culture. They are kept as companions for our children and participate in sport with young equestrians.
Yet ponies often don’t thrive as well in our comfortable lifestyle.Our lush pastures are too rich for them, they suffer from obesity, metabolic disease and debilitating hoof issues. Their obstinate personalities can make them difficult to get along with and then one day, they are not as cute as initially thought.
This results in the sick pony, the pony who cannot walk, the unwanted pony.
The Wind Dancer Pony Rescue Foundation will be a resource for pony owners and pony friends. Please watch this page for more information on ponies, their history, their care and their management.