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post #1 of 17 Old 01-28-2013, 03:47 PM Thread Starter
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Am I too big or too small for my horses

Hi, I have two horses one which I have just got a loan and one which we have just decided to put into retirement and I was wondering if I am too big for either of them

One is a 15.2hh Hackney mare and she is 21 old. I have been jumping her at about a metre but she is capable of higher.

The other is a 15hh Welsh cob and is 25 years old. I just lightly hack him when I can

I am just over 5'2 and 8 1/2 stone but accordingly I sit lightly in the saddle.

Please help sorry the pictures aren't the best.


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post #2 of 17 Old 01-28-2013, 06:01 PM
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You are not too big or too tall for either one

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post #3 of 17 Old 01-28-2013, 06:12 PM
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Absolutely NOT too big/tall!

Nice horses, by the way.
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post #4 of 17 Old 01-28-2013, 06:50 PM
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You are definitely not to big for them. You are just the right size to ride ponies if you wanted.

As for being too small for a particular horse, IMHO, so long as you can ride the horse effectively, then you are not too small for it.
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post #5 of 17 Old 01-28-2013, 06:51 PM
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You could ride 13hh ponies and still be just the right size for them!
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post #6 of 17 Old 01-28-2013, 09:01 PM
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Originally Posted by smrobs View Post
You are definitely not to big for them. You are just the right size to ride ponies if you wanted.

As for being too small for a particular horse, IMHO, so long as you can ride the horse effectively, then you are not too small for it.
Absolutely!! I'm just 5ft tall (ok 4'11" -.-') and 115 (ok 125 xD) pounds and all I ride is drafts!!! Drafts rock!
At the lesson barn I work at one of the tiny children has been begging for months to ride the lesson draft horse. This little girls is a killer rider, w/t/c/jumps her 11 hand pony - but everyone said the draft was too big for her to handle. But it was her birthday so they let her ride him - she rocked his socks off!! He trotted and cantered better than I'd seen in a long time xD She worked his bum off. :)

OP, your horses are gorgeous!! I love the second one :3 What a face - you look great on both of them!
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post #7 of 17 Old 01-28-2013, 09:57 PM
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As already said over and over you are not to big for those horses.
I'm going to guess that you've asked the question because of the horses age.
While they are both in some stage of the "Senior" age range if they are in good health and fit there's no reason why you couldn't still enjoy riding them. You are certainly not big enough for your size to cause a strain on them.
I wouldn't recommend doing an endurance run, but a pleasant hack should be fine. I've known horses to die in their early 20's and I've seen them live over 30. One of my cousin-once-removed had one of his recently that was over 30, but that was 3 years ago, so I don't know if it's still alive. While it wasn't worked hard or a lot, it still did light work like operating the cane grinder and pulling a small cart with things from the garden.
It really depends on the condition of the horse. Just like you can find people who run 20 miles at 60 while others can't run 2 miles at 40.

They're always going to be bigger and stronger so you better always be smarter. (One of my grandfather's many pearls of wisdom)
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post #8 of 17 Old 01-28-2013, 10:01 PM
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I think you look just right on both of the horses in the pics. They are very nice looking horses!
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post #9 of 17 Old 01-29-2013, 03:18 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you so much. I was just wondering because at my pony club in the last year I have ridden a 10.2hh shetland, 11.2hh welsh, 13.1hh welsh, 13.2hh Arab x new forest, 13.3 Arab x, 14.2hh thoroughbred x highland, 15.1hh irish cob, 16.1hh ex racer and a 16.2hh something. And just now I'm riding bella. But when I had drum my instructor said he was too easy for me and I needed to ride other horses. So I rode all them and then I rode bella when my friend went to UNO and I stil ride her in pc because she don't have enough big horses and she can be a little madam.

Btw I only rode the shetland bare back to the field and for mini pony club games so we were only trotting and walking xx
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post #10 of 17 Old 01-29-2013, 08:05 AM
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Whachu talkin bout Willis???!!!!?? absolutely no way you are too big for those horses.
Anyone tells you you are doesn’t know what they are on about.
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