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  • Can 5'5" ride a 13.1h pony

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    02-21-2012, 11:28 PM
  #11
Trained
You look good together. She is a petite girl, while you're not short, you are petite structured like her. Good match I think.
     
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    02-21-2012, 11:30 PM
  #12
Started
I also think you two look really good together. She's gorgeous, btw!
     
    02-22-2012, 08:33 AM
  #13
Weanling
You guys look super cute together! My mare is 14.1h and I am 5'5. Have to love the ponies! ;) My riding instructor has a 13.1h pony that she even lets me ride.
     
    02-22-2012, 09:04 AM
  #14
Banned
No..........
     
    02-22-2012, 10:27 AM
  #15
Weanling
I think you're a good size on her :)
     
    02-22-2012, 12:36 PM
  #16
Trained
Welcome!
You two look GREAT! She's small but so are you, Almost any horse can carry 115!
As long as your toes aren't dragging the ground or knocking her knees you are fine.
I'm 145 and 5'3 on a 14.2 900lb. Quargan riding western, and we can go all day.

When they say how little she is tell em she's easier to mount. Enjoy!
     
    02-22-2012, 01:11 PM
  #17
Banned
Weight wise, absolutely not. She could carry a heavier rider. She also has plenty or barrel to take up your leg; your lower leg is in a good secure position on her barrel and you could even ride a hole or two shorter if you wanted to.

The only potential size mismatch I see is that your horse is very short coupled, and you are very long waisted, and carry a lot of your height from you hip to your head.

If you were jumping her, you would have to be very careful not to jump ahead or lean too much on her neck, as you could really unbalance her. If you were just learning to jump, I might want you on something with different comformation until you were secure in your position over fences.

But unless you're planning on showing in equitation over fences, I think you're fine.
     
    02-22-2012, 02:14 PM
  #18
Foal
Thanks for the info, Maura! I'll definitely be careful when we start jumping :)
     
    02-22-2012, 02:17 PM
  #19
Started
Don't tell my 14.2 mare you're too big! I'm 5'6" too, but wegh 155 lbs.
     
    02-22-2012, 06:09 PM
  #20
Green Broke
You look just fine on her & she is a cutie!
     

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