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A Handbook of Maryland Horses and Ponies

Horses may be classified as light horses, ponies, or draft horses, according to size, build, and use. Light horses stand about 14 to 17 hands high, weigh 900 to 1400 pounds, and are used primarily for riding, driving, or racing, or for utility purposes on the farm. They generally are more rangy and are capable of greater speed and more action than draft horses. Ponies stand under 14.2 hands high and weigh 500 to 900 pounds. Draft horses stand 14.2 hands to approximately 20 hands high, weigh 1400 or more pounds, and are used primarily for drawing loads and other heavy work.

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