12-11-2011, 03:08 PM
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I sure hope she means 44 kilograms o.o
If so, OP- you weight almost exactly what I weight, as I am 90 pounds. I do ride shetland ponies from time to time in order to school, condition, or 'fix' them for variouse people. However, I never ride a pony that is under 375 pounds or 10.2hh for any reason, because I feel like anything more than 25% of their body-weight is unfair if I want them to actually learn and work with me, no matter what we're doing.
I also ride english or bareback generally, when schooling a shetland- to ease the weight down a bit. I never ask an out-of condition pony to work for longer than twenty minutes with me on their back, and never ask an in-condition pony to carry me for longer than 45 minutes. I will not ever jump a shetland, as it causes too much stress on their bodies.
Honestly though, I don't think you should get a shetland pony, if riding bitless is your main objective. Shetlands are fantastic animals, don't get me wrong. They're hardy and bold, and easy to take care of. But if there is anything that they aren't, it's agreeable. Don't get me wrong...there are some docile 'do anything you want' shetlands out there, but for the most part their pony blood runs thick, and they're extremely hard headed. I've had more shetlands buck me off, rear, bolt, and lay down on me than I've had of draft horses, OTTBs, or arabians.
If you want to learn to ride bitless, get a good trainer- work with the trainer and your horse- and soften your horse up. Any horse can be ridden bitless, but few people do it correctly.
If you're sold on getting another horse though, atleast get a bigger pony. 12-13hh should suffice.
I mean...what are you going to do when you ARE too big for the pony? Just get another?