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post #21 of 46 Old 03-22-2012, 01:16 PM
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I'm 5'2 and 140lbs and I almost always ride ponies. Granted, I usually only ride my own pony who's 14.2hh ^^

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post #22 of 46 Old 03-22-2012, 01:23 PM
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5'7" ~130, I rode a nice, stout 12hh girl for up to an hour and a half at a time, then she would go on to work for 4 hours giving pony rides. I never saw her tired or sore. Now there was an 11.2hh guy who just couldn't hold up to that.
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post #23 of 46 Old 03-22-2012, 01:34 PM
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I rode a 12hh 15 year old Welsh Pony mare for a 3 day riding camp I went to.. Man, was she evil. It was impossible to control her canter around turns and then it'd turn into a full-blown gallop and her "barrel-sense" would come out! Let me tell ya, I could not sit to those sharp turns and sliding stops. Needless to say, I would make a horrible barrel racer.. but ponies are fun to ride! They give you a challenge :)

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post #24 of 46 Old 03-22-2012, 01:36 PM
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LOL, I guess I just got lucky. The pony that I rode was half Shetland and half QH and he was just about as sweet and willing a horse as I've ever rode. During his initial training, he would occasionally have a moment where his momma's pony temperament came out, but once he figured out that crap like that wouldn't fly with me, he buckled down and got right to work.

I even went so far as to tell the owner when they took him home that if they ever decided to sell him, call me first because I would buy him in a heartbeat.

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post #25 of 46 Old 03-22-2012, 01:44 PM
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Lily is actually really good under saddle as far as attitude, she needs to work on some things, but she isn't a typical devilish pony. She also has gorgeous gaits, her canter is to die for. Now on the ground the ponytude comes out..
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post #26 of 46 Old 03-22-2012, 07:43 PM Thread Starter
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I should just buy one... Like really, every girl needs a sassy little pony.

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post #27 of 46 Old 04-01-2012, 02:35 AM
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Uh huh... and they run under low hanging branches on purpose to dump you, squeeze through narrow openings that just they can fit through to get you off, and my pony's favorite of all... canter along nicely until he spotted a particular clover plant then slam on the brakes while putting his head down to snatch said clover all in the span of 1/2 a second. I did not do well with my flying lessons.

Evil Evil spawn of satan Welsh pony.

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post #28 of 46 Old 04-01-2012, 02:38 AM
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*dumped me... haha! Or maybe it did "dumb" me... who knows!

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post #29 of 46 Old 04-01-2012, 06:40 AM
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I love ponies. They are evil little buggers but I love them all the same.

I used to have a 12.1h grey welsh and he was the devil incarnate but oddly, he was the most amazing confidence builder. He was such a horrid bucker when I got him, I remember going out to a show when I'd had him about a month and every stride of canter was a buck of some description. Thankfully he didn't buck very big very often, and I did manage to mostly train it out of him - but as soon as I was bareback he would buck me off constantly, because he knew I wasn't as secure so I wouldn't get on his case as much.

But, what he DID do that was really quite dirty, was that he had a nasty habit of dropping a shoulder, shying violently, bucking while his rider was off balance, and then taking off in the opposite direction. He only ever did it right on the line between a canter and a gallop, when his rider was starting to go up into half-seat, and I never did manage to break his habit. I strongly feel that it was an evasion, deliberately designed to ditch any rider... he would do it with no warning, and he shot underneath the front legs of a big TB mare once.

It's the only dirt he had in him, he was otherwise such an honest little guy.

I want another pony :P

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post #30 of 46 Old 04-01-2012, 08:24 AM
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Ponies are the best! They're sooo bad, but that's why they're fun. I spent all last summer breaking 11.2h Welshes for a guy who breeds them cause he didn't have anyone short or light enough. Rotten little things would go around perfectly, then have some mad bucking fit and toss me through the fence, then look at me with that "hey, why are you down there?!" face. The first time I started riding actual horses was a couple months ago and I have to say, it's waaaaay easier. If you can ride a pony you can ride anything ;)

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