I mean something a little bit different than a typical pony animal. Rather, I mean exactly this:
Unlike furries, ponies from this show are much more akin to their animal counterparts. They are quadralupe rather than bipedal and they have hooves that seem to be incapable of fine operation like human hands.
At the same time, these ponies have human intelligence and apparently have managed to create their own civilization.
How do they manage to perform tasks is waved off by the show authors with implausibilities:
Or by making mouthes substitute hands:
This may be sufficient for a cartoon, but not for the standards of WorlbuildingSE.
How could they evolve? How could they create a civilization in spite of lack of hands?
Perhaps a "pony" is here the same to a horse as a human is to a chimp.
(Yes, I know that unicorns are capable of fine operation even surpassing this of human hands by means of the magic from their horns. Please ignore this; even in the show non-unicorns are capable of operating on their own, without the help of unicorns. And they were even capable of creating a civilization of their own, rivalring this of unicorns'.)