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post #1 of 15 Old 10-28-2009, 05:10 PM Thread Starter
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Question How big is too big for a pony?

I'm looking into getting horse soon, and I like the idea of a pony. I like something that's low to ground. Not as far to fall lol.
A couple of my school's equestrian team horses are pony sized, and I don't feel like I'm too big for them. So I suppose my question is... am I too big for a pony, and what are my options as far as showing etc.? (Im 5'5 and under 150lbs)
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post #2 of 15 Old 10-28-2009, 05:14 PM
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im between 5ft and 5'2'' i spose and the horse im buying is 15hh. hes just about the right size for me. at the stables i sometimes ride a 14.2hh but hes a cob so hes stronger and feels more sercure. i am very little so i can ride anything :P but i wanted something that would jump and that i would never grow out of.

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post #3 of 15 Old 10-28-2009, 05:20 PM
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How old are you at the moment? And what is your riding level?

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post #4 of 15 Old 10-28-2009, 05:22 PM
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I don't think you're too big for a large pony. I am around your size, and I love riding my stocky 13.3 hand Haflinger.
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post #5 of 15 Old 10-28-2009, 05:23 PM
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I guess it really depends, I'm pretty tall and still ride two tiny ponies (not offten, usually Corby the most and thats once a week)

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post #6 of 15 Old 10-28-2009, 07:28 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by flamingauburnmustang View Post
How old are you at the moment? And what is your riding level?
hehe, I'm 21 and about to graduate from college, so I think I'm safe from growth spurts. I'm a pretty confident rider. I've had lots of experience with green horses. I really want something that has good foundations but just needs some finishing.
I'd like to show a little bit too, but it really won't be a priority, at least for now.
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post #7 of 15 Old 10-28-2009, 07:34 PM
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I'm 5'4" and 125lbs and I ride Medium and Large ponies if they are in training.

As far as showing goes you would need to get a purebred or partbred-but-registerable pony to show it at Breed shows, If you are a Hunter/Jumper person. Otherwise you are too old to show in the Open H/J show pony divisions those are restricted for Juniors. You could show the pony in the Adult Hunter/Jumper classes but you'd have to worry about getting the striding, you would need a large with a nice large stride.

You could show Open and Adult flat classes just fine.
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post #8 of 15 Old 10-28-2009, 07:44 PM
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I'm 5' 3" and I ride a 14.3hh arabian,and I actually think she is just right for me even if I sprout a couple more inches(PLEASE!!!) I think you'd be fine on a larger pony as my friend's mother rides her 14.1hh pony around sometimes, but he's a stocky, lazy thing. :) So you could even consider small horses too, unless you are set on wanting a pony. There are some cute quarter ponies out there pretty much anywhere that might do the trick. Good luck!

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post #9 of 15 Old 10-28-2009, 08:08 PM
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I like the larger ponies myself. I think its rather silly to have a 16hh when your only 5' like myself. The tallest I will go is 15h. Personally 14. 2 is a great height. My mare April is 13.2-14 hands and is the best. Smaller horses also mean less to feed. :)
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post #10 of 15 Old 10-29-2009, 03:00 AM
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Height isn't all that matters, build does as well. So you just need to try out different ponies. I'm only 5' (and at 29 y/o I'm definately not growing lol) so I MUCH prefer ponies. I have a 13h Fell, a 13.3h Arab/something and a 14h Welsh Cob/Haflinger (plus two pony yearlings: a Welara and a Haflinger). I feel equally comfortable on the stocky 13h Fell as I do on the more slender 13.3h Arab cross and the middle build 14h Haffy cross, so that's always nice ;)

Oh and my friend who is... 5'10"? Something like that... rode my Arab cross and Haffy cross and was just fine on them (she's a skinny girl, but her tallness didn't look too out of place on my shorties lol).
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