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post #11 of 16 Old 11-02-2010, 10:03 PM
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We have two at our barn, and they built both of them themselves out of spare lumber and donations. They're far less portable but they're really sturdy.

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post #12 of 16 Old 11-02-2010, 10:07 PM
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Just wanted to add to this thread my personal experience. Until very recently we had a haffy cross on the property that was 12 hands even and 900 lbs. (For those that know the our horses I mean Willow, who has now gone to live with forum member ShutUpJoe) Although she is certainly overweight, even in slim and trim form I bet she would top out 775-800 lbs easily. Although short, she is extremely stocky. And even at only 12 hands she could have easily carried a 250 lb individual. It has much to do with the build of the horse, and haflingers or other "draft ponies" might well be an area for you to investigate, with the shorter height to make mounting easier for your father (not to mention much less distance to fall, should the worst happen) but still be well stocky enough to carry his weight.

Another area to potentially investigate is mules. Pound for pound they are substantially stronger than most horse breeds, even smaller mules can very readily carry grown men with no issue.

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post #13 of 16 Old 11-02-2010, 10:15 PM
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Just for the sake of it, and because she was so cute, I had to post this pic that Shea took of her. Not the best quality, as it was taken with a cell phone but here is the mare:

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She also looked at her full brother we also considered. However, he was only 12hh, so definitely wouldn't work - although hubby did mention an interest in having a horse/pony that would pull a wagon, and this guy would work fine for that...I think!

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post #14 of 16 Old 11-02-2010, 10:33 PM Thread Starter
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Hey, with only having my phone they came out decent!! LMBO
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post #15 of 16 Old 11-02-2010, 10:38 PM Thread Starter
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I finally got a chance to look at those plans and I agree with you does look like Liz's is a thought to have Mike come build one....just dont let Willie do it.....look what he did with my so called pourch!!!!
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post #16 of 16 Old 11-02-2010, 11:38 PM
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I agree that the height isn't such a big deal and I can understand wanting a shorter horse to make it easier for your Dad. You'll want to look for horses that have large barrels and wide chests, heavy bones and feet, and short backs. A horse that's 14 flat and built like a fjord would have an easier time of it than one built like a TB.

If all else failed, you could get him a cart pony and work on finding a suitable mount for him. At least that way, he could still get the interaction with the horses even if he isn't riding.

I know we aren't exactly close together, but if you are ever in my area, let me know. Ya'll are more than welcome to swing by and we have at least 1 bombproof horse that would be more than happy to pack him around for a while .

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