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post #11 of 26 Old 06-21-2010, 10:02 AM
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Should be just fine! Like Draftrider said, these little ponies are tough. I'm 5'9, about 160, and I got on my rescue Monty (13 hand hackney - light build too) yesterday bareback. I wouldn't ride hard or all the time, but to get him broke to ride should be just fine!

Also wanted to agree, I would have never, ever guessed you were only 13. You are very well spoken and very mature for your age!

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post #12 of 26 Old 06-21-2010, 10:14 AM Thread Starter
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No, he's not broke to ride, but I don't think it would be too much of a feat. I'd like to eventually break him to drive as well, but I don't have the money for a cart or harness right now.

I'm thinking about bridles, and after he gets used to me being on him with someone leading him around by his halter, I'm looking at this bridle (http://cgi.ebay.com/MINIATURE-HORSE-SM-PONY-NYLON-BRIDLE-TEAL-/390098522467?cmd=ViewItem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&ha sh=item5ad3af1163). I think I'll just put a mild eggbutt or O-ring on it and just having him learn to direct rein for now. I don't think I'll ride him enough for him to learn neck reining, but who knows.
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post #13 of 26 Old 06-21-2010, 02:56 PM
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He should be fine, i'd imagine. I had a friend who had a teeny tiny pony, about your man's size, and i'd hop on him bareback and trot around all the time! Like someone above posted, they have no trouble bucking you off, the little buggers. ;)
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post #14 of 26 Old 06-23-2010, 05:43 PM
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What a stunning pony! I think he will be just fine for you to school. Looks sturdy. Just be prepared to fall off, the little ones are much easier to fall off of then the big ones!
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post #15 of 26 Old 06-23-2010, 07:12 PM
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well, i would say, yes. if the pony is only 10hh, and you're 5'9", i think he's too small. i used to ride a 12.2hh welsh cross, and i was 5' even and weighed something like 98, (i was only 10 and this was the last time i ever rode him) and the second i sat in the saddle, his legs gave out and he collapsed! he was ok thouth
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post #16 of 26 Old 06-28-2010, 02:23 PM
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yikes vegas, i think something must have been wrong with that pony if his legs gave out from that! At one of the lesson barns I used to work at, I used to hack 12-13hh ponies to tune them up for the kids so they wouldn't pick up bad habits. I'm 5'3" and at the time was about 120 lbs, and they never so much as twitched an ear at my riding them. Most barely broke a sweat even after a decent workout...

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post #17 of 26 Old 06-28-2010, 02:37 PM
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I just ponynapped my kids' pony. He is 12hh and I am 5'8", and he carries me just fine. I don't ride him really hard~ definitely nothing like jumping or reining, just some easy trail riding, while I pony my green horses off of him. He is getting a good refresher, and some much-needed riding, which reminds him to be a good boy when the kids ride!
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post #18 of 26 Old 07-09-2010, 12:39 PM
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Thumbs up

Great topic, I've been schooling my kid's pony, he's little about 10hh, and I'm 5'2" 120lb and I feel kinda bad. But he seems to handle me just fine, and he needs it, to be a good kids pony! I keep him on very soft ground and not for very long or hard. Glad I'm not the only pony abuser! LOL!

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post #19 of 26 Old 07-14-2010, 04:40 PM
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Um can I just say that I'd like to be 5"9" 105lbs.....? Luckeeeeee.
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post #20 of 26 Old 07-14-2010, 04:56 PM
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I'm in complete agreement with you... I'm 5"9' and 160lbs. haha
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