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post #11 of 18 Old 11-10-2010, 12:23 PM Thread Starter
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Aw well thanks guys. I knew I LOOKED funny on her, but my fear was I was going to hurt her in the long run. I heard "She looks like a pony!" and "Your feet are gonna touch the ground!" when I was riding her.

I'm so busy, I don't know if I've found a rope... or lost my horse...
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post #12 of 18 Old 11-10-2010, 04:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Snookeys View Post
Do you mean "light" riding? If so - that's exactly what I need to get past. I need to get into "heavy" riding I guess you could say. I need to get her past green broke and translate what she's learned on the ground into the saddle, as well as cantering and leads and all the goodies.
Yes I meant light, but to me 45-60 mins can be light for a fit horse and not many people I know make training sessions any longer then that unless theyre trying to really push the horses fitness. Not sure how much longer then an hour you plan on riding her...but if she's healthy I bet you could work up to drilling her for that long. Like I said you could always weight tape her and make sure you're only about 25% of her body weight, I've heard that's an appropriate weight for a horse to carry including the saddle.
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post #13 of 18 Old 11-10-2010, 04:47 PM
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I think you're fine! There are plenty of us that hack around on ponies!

I think for what you need to do, you'll be fine.
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post #14 of 18 Old 11-10-2010, 05:02 PM
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I think you certainly look tall in comparrison with her short stature, but you are very slender. Weight-wise, I don't think you are too big at all, and as long as you are balanced yourself, and don't lean into the turns (potentially making the horse feel top-heavy), and stay centered, you should be fine! She is cute, btw!
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post #15 of 18 Old 11-10-2010, 06:03 PM
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Hey there. I think you look fine. You don't look too big for at all. You just have long legs and I say as long as your feet arn't on the ground you're good!
I'm a quite a bit shorter than you but weigh almost the same weight and I ride a 14.2 horse and she carries me perfectly fine..she will make you feel like you're flying sometimes.

She will fill out more too since she is old is she? Keep riding
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post #16 of 18 Old 11-10-2010, 07:45 PM
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yeah you are a little but if she is not struggling to hold you (she wouldnt your as skinny as a stick haha) I would not worry. Me and my friend ride my shetland and gallop nad jump on him and he hold us up just fine

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post #17 of 18 Old 11-10-2010, 09:48 PM
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I don't think you are too large,'s the weight you need to be concerned about, not so much height, and I would say you are just fine...

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post #18 of 18 Old 11-10-2010, 09:58 PM
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PFFFFFFT, you're fine. Shay-la is 5'10" and her pony isn't even 14hh! We sticked Justus at about 1/4 inch under 14hh! She ended up gifting her to a kid just because she's too tall to feel really comfortable on her, but routinely rides her and took her to her first show a couple weeks ago.

Justus us 5 years old and Shay-la's been riding her since she was 2 years old. She started slow of course, but has been riding the snot out of her the last couple years. Justus is half Welsh, quarter Appaloosa and quarter Mustang. I'VE ridden her routinely, and although I'm only 5'6", I was 180lbs when I was schooling her during her 4 year old winter. She handled me fine.

Ponies are tough little snots. I wouldn't be worried a bit - she's 14.2hh and she's 4 years old, she can handle just about anything up to a 200lb cowboy I'd wager to bet. Here's a pic to make you feel better!

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