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post #11 of 32 Old 06-08-2014, 08:02 PM
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She's already outgrown the pony.

If she stays this size for some other months, it might be ok to ride him through the summer; she's way too tall but the weight should be bearable for the pony.

If she hits a growth spurt and gains weight/height, then it'll be time to let the pony go and find a bigger horse to ride.
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post #12 of 32 Old 06-08-2014, 10:17 PM
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She is getting a bit tall but should still have a little time while you look. We had an 11 yr old ride my granddaughters 40inch pony at a schooling show and she is too tall, but Chloe can't yet control pony at trot over ground poles so. In spite of being obviously tall for the pony she took a lot of firsts over kids on horses, because she's such a good rider. So depends on what the judge's are looking for. She doesn't look nearly as too tall as Caroline did on our pony. I'm already dreading the day when our pony is outgrown 😞
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Not sure if you understood what I meant - if your daughter drops her stirrups to a more correct length its her feet that will touch the poles - not the pony's. Two of my sons hung on to an 11.2 that we had - he got passed down from the one to the other, that pony could jump a single pole that was his own height but he had to jump that extra bit higher to allow clearance for the riders feet. One of those sons hung on to his 14.2 in the same way so he could get a last year in pony (jumping) classes - he wasn't too heavy but his feet were well below the pony's girth
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post #14 of 32 Old 06-09-2014, 08:18 PM
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I've also outgrown my pony, so I know how you feel :(

Sadly, that's part of owning ponies when you're tall. You have to go into it knowing it won't be forever. At least you are only leasing this pony, so you don't have to worry about selling. Doesn't make it any happier of a move, but it does make it a little less ... Stressful :/

Rex will certainly carry her over the summer. She's a lightweight, just a bit tall.
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Well we will figure it out. She likes to wear her stirrups long but since her legs got long she keeps them up. When riding without stirrups her legs go beyond the girth but it hasn't caused any problems yet. She will try out different horses but I think most of you guys are right, she can still ride him even if she is a little tall. Today they were actually playing in the ring and he was following her while she was running over jumps. It was too cute. It seems like he really loves her and it is sad. We have time though..... I'm certain. A 13 year old still rides him (although she's entirely too large for him). Allie is only 11 and slim (not scrawny, my girl is all muscle... maybe I should take up riding!). He's a strong young pony and a hard worker! Who knew? ..... I thought a horse is a horse is a horse.... they sure are amazing animals! She's convinced me that horses are amazing!!
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post #16 of 32 Old 06-09-2014, 11:29 PM
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I agree with everyone else. She's too tall for this pony, but she's not too heavy for him. I have a friend who was 5'9 or 10 and about 110 pounds when we started high school, and she rode and jumped her 13.2hh pony with no ill effects. She did upgrade to a 17hh when we were about 16, and this horse suits her much better! She's been leasing the pony to a lesson barn since then and the pony has been kicking butt in the show ring with lesson kids. Unless your daughter goes through a serious growth spurt or has problems with the visual appeal of the pair, then she'll be fine with this pony until she can move up. My friend also had a very strong bond with her pony that she didn't want to give up, but it all worked out in the end. It seemed like the end of the world for her when she had to move on, but it was the best move for everyone involved!
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I agree, she's on the verge of outgrowing him. But one good thing is, having been there--when she graduates to a larger horse she won't believe how much smoother the ride will be! She's learned to stay on, those little guys have such a choppy trot. She'll love a bigger horse, I can guarantee.
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Well we will figure it out. She likes to wear her stirrups long but since her legs got long she keeps them up. When riding without stirrups her legs go beyond the girth but it hasn't caused any problems yet. She will try out different horses but I think most of you guys are right, she can still ride him even if she is a little tall. Today they were actually playing in the ring and he was following her while she was running over jumps. It was too cute. It seems like he really loves her and it is sad. We have time though..... I'm certain. A 13 year old still rides him (although she's entirely too large for him). Allie is only 11 and slim (not scrawny, my girl is all muscle... maybe I should take up riding!). He's a strong young pony and a hard worker! Who knew? ..... I thought a horse is a horse is a horse.... they sure are amazing animals! She's convinced me that horses are amazing!!
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To balance on a small pony and to help the pony keep balance, she really needs to stop worrying about "looks" and lengthen them to their correct length. Tall 6' men ride Icelandic ponies who are about 13.2hh, but they ride with long stirrups!
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Not too heavy but a bit tall
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To balance on a small pony and to help the pony keep balance, she really needs to stop worrying about "looks" and lengthen them to their correct length. Tall 6' men ride Icelandic ponies who are about 13.2hh, but they ride with long stirrups!
This is very true
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