A pony saddle, English or Western, is built on a saddle tree to fit a pony instead of a horse. They commonly have a seat size to fit a child, but some of them come in sizes to fit an adult rider. For more information about ponies, please scroll down beneath the saddles for sale.
You can purchase some of the saddles below by themselves, while others are available in sets that include additional Western tack such as breast collars and/or headstalls.
Below: A ranch pony saddle for a child. This young rider had just finished roping a calf in this saddle.
Comparison Shop Pony Saddles
Below are pony saddles for sale from several major online sellers.
Below: A red roan pony takes his child rider through a pasture. The pony is saddled with a ranch pony saddle built for ranch work and roping. This particular saddle is on its second child: The first child outgrew it and moved on to larger saddles and horses.
Below: A buckstitched pony saddle on a chestnut pony.
What Is A Pony?
In the world of horses, a pony is often determined simply by a matter of height: A pony, when mature and finished growing, is typically defined as shorter than 14.2 hands tall. (A horse, then, is 14.2 hands tall or taller.)
While a leading distinction between horses and ponies is usually a matter of how tall they are when mature, there are other common traits that ponies share besides height. For example, many ponies are known for their thick, stocky, conformation as well as long, thick manes, forelocks, and tails. They also commonly have long, shaggy body hair in colder temperatures. All of these traits, however, while being common to ponies aren’t necessarily accurate to all of them…… and some of these traits might even be true for some horses.
There are also breeds breeds of ponies. Popular pony breeds include the Shetland, Welsh, Connemara, Chincoteague, Pony of the Americas (POA), and more.
Below: A pony with a long, thick, forelock and mane.
How To Measure Horse or Pony Height
If you’re not familiar with how the height of horses and ponies are measured, they are measured (in inches) from the ground in a straight line to the top of their withers (see the image below). The resulting measurement is then converted to “hands,” the unit of measurement used to describe horse and pony height. One hand is equal to four inches.
For example: The gray mare in the photo below is 58 inches from the ground to the top of her withers. When 58 is divided by 4, the result is 14.5. The 14 is the number of hands, and the .5 means another half of a hand, or another 2 inches.
Translated into horse-speak, this means this mare is 14 hands tall, plus 2 more inches. Correctly written, this would be 14.2 or 14.2hh (hands high). It is not correctly written as 14.5; remember, the .5 refers to another half of a hand, which is two inches. Spoken out loud, her height would be “fourteen two” (which means fourteen hands, two inches) or “fourteen and a half” (which means fourteen hands, and another half of a hand).
Below: The yellow line illustrates how to properly measure a horse or pony’s height.
Since the gray mare above is 14.2, she is officially a horse……just barely. Anything shorter than 14.2 is usually considered to be a pony.
A Little More About Horses and Ponies
Horses and ponies are both members of the same scientific family (Equus ferus caballus), so the differences between them are purely up to what the people around them decide the differences should be. So, if a horse matures at a height shorter than 14.2 but looks more like a horse than a pony, or if a pony matures at a height of 14.2 or taller but looks more like a pony than a horse, there might be a gray area as to which category, horse or pony, it actually belongs to.
In the case of some breed registries, size doesn’t even matter. The Caspian horse, for example, typically matures at a height less than 14.2, putting it into the pony height category. However, since Caspian horses are considered to have conformation, gaits, and other traits more like that of a horse than a pony, it is considered to be a horse regardless of its height.
Parting Thoughts About Pony Saddles
As we mentioned above ponies are known for their thick, stocky, conformation. While not all ponies are built like this, it is a common enough trait that many pony saddles are made for this type of conformation. When shopping for a pony saddle it is a good idea to read the description about the saddle and what type of pony it is made to fit.