The Highland Pony (Equus ferus caballus) is an ungulate (hoofed) equine mammal, that is taxonomically the same as a horse. It is related to the Shetland Pony, the donkey, and the zebra.
The Highland Pony has a short, compact body with short legs. It can have various shades, such as mouse-coloured, brown, grey, black, and cream. Its mane is long and silky to protect it from the cold winters. It is an odd-toed ungulate, with a hoof that has one toe.
It measures about 140 centimetres (55 inches) tall. Its tail is about 90 centimetres (35 inches) long.
The Highland Pony is native to Scotland. It lives in all types of weather, including severe winter climates.
The Highland Pony is a grazer, eating grass.
The Highland Pony lives in small herds of 3-5 individuals. The female, called the mare, is pregnant for about 340 days, before giving birth to a single live young, called a foal. The foal is precocial, which means that it is born with hair. The foal can stand soon after birth, and drinks milk from its mother.
It lives on average for 45-54 years.
[Location of photographs: Tbilisi Zoo, Georgia]
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM