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        07-17-2011, 08:59 AM
    Ah see I've only ever seen it referred to as stadium by Americans. Probably because most of the American forums I frequent are inhabited mostly by eventing riders?
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        07-17-2011, 12:07 PM
    That would probably explain it.
        07-19-2011, 01:00 AM
    Wow, you miss a lot when the forum decides not to notify you via email, haha.
    I have to disagree with the lack of market for small-medium ponies, although that might be in part to the HUGE popularity of PPG and pony club. According to the owners he has a big jump, nice tuck and nice movement, blahblahblah- either they are lying or it's a bad quality picture. Either way they stopped replying to my messages when I started asking serious questions, so I think that's a no-go.
        07-20-2011, 04:14 AM
    Whoa, when they do that it's HUGE alarm bells! Sellers often lie. Plus, there is a reason why his old rider stopped riding him, he could be VERY naughty or even dangerous. Although a pony you're intending to 'flip' is going to have some issues, you sure don't want a pony you can't get a straight answer about.
        07-20-2011, 08:20 AM
    I'm just wondering what the market would be for a pony that size. I am around 5'3" and small, and my horse is a 14.3 h arab. I really wouldn't want to go any smaller than that, especially if the pony had a pony stride (my horse has incredibly long legs so moves like a much larger horse). Just wondering who would ride him except for a small child. And I have always ridden small arabs (bordering on ponies), so I am no large horse snob ;)
        07-20-2011, 10:42 PM
    I'm a similar height to you, SL, (and VERY slender, I'm only 110 pounds maximum) and I'm pretty much the same! I won't ride a slender horse smaller than 15hh because I feel too big, but a chunky horse or pony, I can go as small as 13.2 and feel and look perfect. My Monty is 15.1hh and has a 2 inch wither on him so without the wither he would be 14.3, and I am just the right size for him.

    I used to ride a 12.1hh pony and he was the absolute best, but just too small. I was in a saddle too big for him and it was at least a size too small for me by the time we sold him. I can't ride effectively in any saddle smaller than 17 inches (english size) because I have REALLLYYYYYY long legs, and saddle size equates to the length from hip to knee. On me, that's 17 inches. Any smaller a saddle and I end up having to ride with my stirrups too long, or in the wrong spot in the saddle (onto the cantle more than onto the seat). I can go a half-size bigger but not a full size. And I am TINY so most people try to tell me I shouldn't be riding in such a big saddle - until they see me ride in it. I had a saddle fitter tell me I shouldn't ride in any smaller a size than my saddle (17.5 inch, but it rides small for its size, if you know what I mean). The funniest thing is, it's mostly dressage people who try to tell me I'm in the wrong size saddle - jumping and eventing people seem to know about saddle sizing. That's a huge generalisation but it's what I've noticed. One of the top dressage coaches in the state told me to just ride with longer stirrups, but I can't - I already ride REALLY long because my saddle encourages (demands) a long 'classical' leg position, and if I went any longer, I wouldn't be able to reach the stirrup.

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