May Facts


At Broken Spoke our ponies have a favorite watering hole....they like to sip and spill our wines!

Do Equines like wine?

Well actually Horses and ponies have been drinking various fermented products for millennia in various amounts and it is quite safe. In the normal digestive process the bacteria and protozoa in the equine's gut ferment the whole grains and fiber in order to aid the digestive process. This is why they can eat hay or raw grains and we cannot--humans do not have a fermentation vat in their cecum (actually human do not have a cecum, all they have is an appendix). Source: Equisearch. Below you will find other worldly facts on ponies and some conversational items about the wine lovin ponies at our farm.

The truth, though, is that ponies and horses are not two stages of development of a single animal. They're actually different, although related and quite similar, creatures. Ponies remain small when they're fully grown. The main difference is height; horses are equines that are at least 14.2 hands (or about four feet ten inches) tall - a pony is an equine less than 14.2 hands. As well ponies have thicker manes and tails than horses and proportionally shorter legs, thicker necks and shorter heads.
Ponies and horses have an amazing memory. It’s said to be even better than an elephants! Some ponies are notorious for being cheeky! When spoken to, ponies are thought to distinguish tones rather than specific words.
Ponies evolved in harsh environments and are known for their surefootedness which allows them to traverse rough terrain well. They are good workers.
Ponies’ teeth take up more space in their head than their brain! The age of a pony can be best estimated by looking at their teeth.
Broken Spoke Ponies