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post #1 of 13 Old 11-19-2010, 03:23 PM Thread Starter
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Is a Newfoundland Pony the right pony?

I'm interested in getting a Newfoundland Pony. The particular one I'm looking at is 14:2. I am 5'0" and 120 pounds. The pony is very stocky with hardy legs and strong build. If you want to read about them you can at

Do you think this pony, or even a pony like this if I can't get this one, would be suitable for me? I am unsure if I'm too big. Though I've seen people my size riding smaller ponies, I'm afraid I'll make the wrong choice on such a huge decision.

Also, I'm done growing, height wise anyway!
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post #2 of 13 Old 11-19-2010, 03:34 PM
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Newfoundland ponies are great! I am sadly to big to ride one, but I do ride a newf. cross.

Remember that a horse(or pony) shouldn't carry more than 20% of it's body weight. So, as long as the pony is big enough to carry you you'll be fine!

A Newfoundland pony at 14'2! Lucky! It's rare to see them that big, for the few that I've seen on the island(Newfoundland) they are more around 13 give or take, unless they are a cross. But I think that particular pony should be fine for you.

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post #3 of 13 Old 11-19-2010, 03:45 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks! Ok, 20%, I'll remember that.

I know, super lucky. Very hard to find one that big. It might be crossed with something else but I guess technically its a cross anyway, but I could talk about that all day and don't want to bore you! haha.

I'm from Newfoundland too.

Thanks for your advice!
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post #4 of 13 Old 11-19-2010, 04:17 PM
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that 20% rule doesn't account to all ponies and horses (I know to most it does) but teh british shetland pony can carry 50% of the weight with no problems or health implications.
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post #5 of 13 Old 11-19-2010, 04:24 PM
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I agree RB. Consider the Gypsies, many of which are 14 hh and under. They can carry a lot of weight. And Haffies. They are also small and carry full grown heavy riders easily.

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post #6 of 13 Old 11-19-2010, 05:08 PM
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I personally look at the shape and style of the horse more than just their body weight to determine what they can easily carry. Shorter backs, broader chests, bigger barrels, thicker legs, bigger feet all make things easier for a horse to carry more weight. If I had 2 horses that weighed 1000 pounds but one was short and stocky with big bones and feet and the other was tall and narrow with chicken legs, I would put the heavier person on the shorter horse.

LOL, sorry for rambling. Anyway, long story short, yes the horse will have no problem carrying you. The horse that I ride most often is about 14.3 and I weigh about 145.

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post #7 of 13 Old 11-19-2010, 05:42 PM Thread Starter
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Oh so the rule varies by body shape and that type of thing.

Thanks for all your input! I learn lots of new points about this.
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post #8 of 13 Old 11-20-2010, 11:13 PM
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I've never heard of the Newfoundland Pony before. not I want one. =)
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post #9 of 13 Old 01-01-2011, 09:11 PM
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Newfoundland ponies are a rare breed, there's less than 3,000 left. Most Newfoundland ponies now are a cross. They make excelent horses, and are very hardy.
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post #10 of 13 Old 01-01-2011, 10:29 PM
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Sadly, they tried to bring the pony numbers back up, but no body kept at it for very long, or in the process they created pony's that had undesired charastics. And KailynDuggan, that's a lot better then the 400(I think) they fell to.

Good Luck finding a NL Pony! I think I'll eventually get one, get someone to teach it and me how to drive!

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