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post #1 of 13 Old 09-17-2011, 12:32 AM Thread Starter
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Do I look too big?

I was trying out Midge to see if she could be my new show pony while I was up at school, and I seriously fell in love with her. But, after looking at the pictures, I think I may be too big for her. I'm not sure of her height, but I'm just a smidge over 5'2'' and I weigh around 115lbs. Do you think I'm too big for her? Excuse my eq, I know I don't look great, but it was my first time riding her :) Thanks in advanced!

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post #2 of 13 Old 09-17-2011, 12:39 AM
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I think you look a little bit big on her however if you are well balanced and stay out of her way I think you could get by on her till you find a better suiting horse.

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post #3 of 13 Old 09-17-2011, 07:06 AM
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I think you look big in the sense you are quite tall but you don't look as though you weigh too much and if she seems comfortable with you and you stay balanced, as with any horse, you should be fine. You look good on her though, she's lovely!
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post #4 of 13 Old 09-17-2011, 07:29 AM
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I think you look big in the sense you are quite tall but you don't look as though you weigh too much and if she seems comfortable with you and you stay balanced, as with any horse, you should be fine. You look good on her though, she's lovely!
Exactly what I was going to say
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post #5 of 13 Old 09-17-2011, 01:08 PM
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I think people are so used to seeing riders on big horses that we forget that for years people rode the smaller ones and you'd have been a great match back them. My only concern would be if you got into jumping as your long upper body could put her off balance when landing.
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post #6 of 13 Old 09-17-2011, 01:49 PM
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What discipline will you be riding? If it is hunters, you are on the edge. If you will be eventing, you are not too big at all. If you will be doing pony jumpers, again, not too big.
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post #7 of 13 Old 09-17-2011, 02:11 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone for the replies. I'm not quite sure what I'll be doing yet. I'm going to a fun show the first weekend in October, but I most likely will be doing hunter or jumpers with her, depending on what my trainer thinks she'll be good at. Allison Finch, do you think I'll have a big problem if I do hunters with her?
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post #8 of 13 Old 09-17-2011, 06:21 PM
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While I don't think she has a problem carrying you, if you plan on showing I'd get one more suited to your height. You do look under-horsed and people will probably (possibly unintentionally) mark you down for it.
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post #9 of 13 Old 09-17-2011, 07:11 PM
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If you're planning on jumping I would look for something bigger. Since you have a long torso and her neck is rather short I can see your throwing her off balance over the jumps if you take it wrong.
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post #10 of 13 Old 09-18-2011, 11:18 AM
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Thanks everyone for the replies. I'm not quite sure what I'll be doing yet. I'm going to a fun show the first weekend in October, but I most likely will be doing hunter or jumpers with her, depending on what my trainer thinks she'll be good at. Allison Finch, do you think I'll have a big problem if I do hunters with her?
I don't know.
I don't do hunters so I am not the person to ask. I DO know that I have a friend and student in Canada who breeds New Forest ponies for hunter/dressage/and jumping.

Some of her ponies are fairly small and it is hard for her to find perfectly able riders who look size appropriate for them. So, often their riders are similar in size to you. Her ponies win championships in hunters, so it doesn't seem to have hurt too much.

A bigger question is how old are you? Are you still growing? To show ponies in hunters, you have to be a junior rider. Otherwise you are showing in horse divisions. then, you have to show under horse requirements....like those lovely striding requirements....grrrr.

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