? Back to All Animals Origin: Northern Europe Scientific Name: Equus ferus caballus Ponies have thicker manes and tails than horses. They also have proportionally shorter legs, thicker necks, and shorter heads. Their temperament also separates them from horses. They are steady and have gentle dispositions as a whole, making them a good choice for children learning to ride. Pound for pound, ponies are stronger than horses. The oldest living pony recorded was Teddy E. Bear who lived to 55 years old!