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post #1 of 10 Old 07-23-2013, 02:01 PM Thread Starter
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Conformation Critique on Our Two Ponies

So I got some pictures of our two ponies finally! I have a few big questions now. These two are 3 years old. They were measured yesterday and the silver is 10.2 hands and the paint is 10.3. Both are a little over weight. Once their weight is under control, am I too big to start training them? Basic walk and trot work. Maybe more later, but not now. I'm 5'4 and 120 pounds. I was unable to get a good picture of the paint because every time she squared up the silver would block my view and I didn't have any help. Also, is there any thing that you see that would really limit their potential? What would the potentially be good for based on conformation? Trail ponies? Cart ponies? Anything?

We don't know anything about the breeds or anything of the sort with these two. 3 and 1/2 years ago we rescued two pregnant mares and these two were the foals.
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post #2 of 10 Old 07-23-2013, 02:07 PM
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They are both really nice looking ponies. I would guess Shetland, no?
I like the paint better. The Paint seems to have better front legs. since they aren't squared up at all , it's hard to say, but other than the silver being a tiny bit back at the knee, I see no glaring faults.
I don't know if you are too heavy for them. I am also 5' 4" and I WISH I was only 120 pounds!

Good luck! they are nice ponies and should make someone a great mount.
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They are both really nice looking ponies. I would guess Shetland, no?
I like the paint better. The Paint seems to have better front legs. since they aren't squared up at all , it's hard to say, but other than the silver being a tiny bit back at the knee, I see no glaring faults.
I don't know if you are too heavy for them. I am also 5' 4" and I WISH I was only 120 pounds!

Good luck! they are nice ponies and should make someone a great mount.
I have high hopes for the paint. She's a little athlete. I'd really like to get her going and then find someone to finish her out as a pony club mount or something along those lines. As a yearling she jumped a 3 foot wall from a standstill with no effort (she was very buddy sour and I had the silver out and she didn't want to stay alone. That problem has since been fixed :) I just wanted to make it clear I was not jumping or free jumping a yearling). It's crazy fun just watching her race around the pasture too. She's also got the better temperament. Very level headed and no spook.
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IMO I would not think an adult should ride a 10 hh pony. That is only slightly larger than some larger minis and I can't imagine an adult on a pony that size would be very good for them.

Do you have any idea how much they weigh? I have heard that an adult horse should be able to carry 20% of their body weight. I would think a young horse should carry no more than 15% (including the weight of the tack).

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Cute ponies. You should be okay to train them. The paint might make a jumper or hunter, since she escaped by jumping , and the little silver pony would be cute as a hunter . Or both could do western pleasure or carts or all three ! Depends on how much time you invest in them . very cute .
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I also have a small pony, 10.2hh at the moment (only 2). I am 5'1" and about 100lb. I plan to use him as a driving pony and had discounted the thought of backing him myself for children to ride as he seems so tiny. I have visions of me astride him wearing a pair of rollerskates to help us along!
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Kati, your ponies are lovely. Good luck with your plans for them both.
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They are both nice looking.No clue as to weight limits so I can't help you there.

In the picture of the Paint. Is that a hole right by her front hoof? If so you may want to plug it with a rock or something as it looks the perfect size to catch a foot.
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They are both nice looking.No clue as to weight limits so I can't help you there.

In the picture of the Paint. Is that a hole right by her front hoof? If so you may want to plug it with a rock or something as it looks the perfect size to catch a foot.

Wow! that does look like a very dangerous leg snapper.
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Ponies can carry a good amount of weight someone as short as 5'4 and only 120 lbs is not all that bad as someone whos 5'6 375 lbs lol
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I noticed the hole too.

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