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    03-23-2010, 03:38 PM
I have two perfect partners, they arent too big for me at least I look ok on both of them and I trained both of them so theyre where I want them to b and have the perfect temperment for me and I show them in the disciplines they are good at. Making perfect matches is something my last trainer taught be how to b very good at. My students pony/horse is perfect for her right now. He's a 15h Connemara/QH x that is very small built and she's not very big. He was taught as a ranch horse so he's super calm not fast at all and is a great packer for her even on the 2'6 fences as she's still learning so I think for now they are a perfect fit
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    03-23-2010, 07:22 PM
I think if you can't mount without a mounting block then your horse is too big. What happens if you're out on the trail and you need to get off?
    03-23-2010, 07:43 PM
Green Broke
I know too many over mounted, poorly mounted people.

2 examples-
1. My mom, she has her "dream horse" one problem, she is too timid to ride the 16 hand ex broodmare, untrained,behemoth.

2. Moms boyfriend- Knows SQUAT about horses, so what does mom buy him??? A 3 year old green as grass 15.2 hand TWH.

So many others...

I think people look at the vanity aspect when buying a horse nowadays, and do not really consider what they are getting themselves into. Tom is a munchkin of a horse at barely 15 hands, but I can mount him easily from the ground. We click in the saddle and on the ground. Would I like a horse that is bigger, yes, is bay my favorite coat pattern, far from it. But when it all comes down to it we fit and he is a great partner to me, no matter how he looks(which is darn cute!!)
    03-23-2010, 09:59 PM
Originally Posted by ponyboy    
I think if you can't mount without a mounting block then your horse is too big. What happens if you're out on the trail and you need to get off?

How do you get on? Tree stumps, rock walls, stand uphill from the horse and jump big. My legs are very long. If I had a horse shorter than my 16.2 TB, I'd look ridiculous on it. Several people have told me my horse and I are perfect for each other. We both seem to be in the same mood in terms of what we want to do for a ride on any particular day. We both have the attention spans of gnats, and we're both skinny tall sticks. We both can be goofy for no particular reason and find it amusing. We were even both born in the same state and he raced at my favorite track in the country. I'd say we were made for each other.
    03-23-2010, 10:13 PM
Exactly. Not all of us trail ride, either. Have you ever seen Debbie McDonald with Brentina, or Isabelle Werth with Warum Nicht? Surely those riders - as fit and toned as they are - must use a mounting block on such large horses with their compared stature, yet they still put in great rides with these horses that they trained themselves.

I'm 5'2", I'm quite light-boned and weigh 90 pounds on a good day (I'm not underweight, just so you know. I'm quite healthy). Freddy is 17.2, and off the racetrack. Having the attitude of badger with a thorn in his butt and a different personality everyday, we often joke that people get to ride six different horses for the price of one when they lease Freddy. I leased him for almost two years. I wouldn't have made it that long if at any point I thought he was unsuitable/too much for me. Surely, even if I didn't say something, my trainers would have had the situation changed. And, quite frankly, I'm proud that I stuck with him through the good and the bad. I learned so much more with him than any of the other horses I had ridden previous.
I only wish it could have ended differently. But when my injury gets better and I'm fit again, I'm determined to get back on him - even just once.
    03-24-2010, 11:52 PM
I knew a lady who should not have had any horses let alone the horses that she had. She had 4 horses. Two of them were a mare with her year old foal that wasn't weaned yet. Another one was a 4 year old stud (saddlebred cross I believe) who ran through every fence he saw. And the last was a gelding that couldn't be haltered or anything. She treated the horses like lap dogs and they treated her like something to be trampled.

I also know a few very well matched pairs... and all of those people are a lot more experianced, and in my opinion knew what to look for in a horse that would make a good horse for them.
    03-25-2010, 01:31 AM
Hmm. Wow this got me thinking. Personally I'm not sure if I suit my horse? I love him to death and he's been one of my kids for 8 years but do we really match.

Concerning people I see ride. I'm lucky to ride at a stable where people actually know what they're doing and have amazing horses that fit them. Granted the owner/instructor/BM pretty much helped everyone find the horses they own and she was an olympic shirt-listed rider so she knows what she's talking about. My friend Kelsey has an OTTB that suits her perfectly. The mares a bit crazy at times but they work well together. Then Justine, has an OTTB too and I swear that girl could ride any horse. Her and Rosie are the most amazing pair I've been friends with.

My friend Helena has a Morgan that she works amazingly with, and they look good together. The only person I'm not sure about is Randi. Personally I don't think she should have a horse. Her gelding cut his leg and from what I understand it was something the vet should have seen. She didn't call the vet, put vet-wrap aroudn the wound{not bandage} and rode like 2 days later.
    03-25-2010, 05:28 AM
What starts off as a not-so-good match can often turn out to be the perfect match.

I know of one girl who bought her first horse/pony, a QH pony cross guy who'd been gelded late in life and basically ran around like a wild horse in a pasture with a couple other stallions for the first half of his life. Anyways, Sage had the typical pony attitude. Spunky, mischievous, stubborn, and tried to get away with everything. He went througha a phase in which he'd run off with his owner at least once during every ride. She'd be in tears some days, swearing that she'd sell him. But you know what? She didn't and instead became a better rider. Sage never lost his fire but he greatly improved and they became one of my favorite pairs around the barn.

A bad match that we have is a green rider with way too much horse. She's in 6th grade and her mom bought her the horse from the BO. This is a formerly 2nd Level mare that got messed up in her training along the way. The mare is a dear and takes very good care of the girl, but I don't think either of them is benefitting. What the girl really neads is a steady senior horse who's done it all so she can actually learn how to find her balance and gain confidence.

As for myself and my horse, I don't know if we're a good match, but I can't imagine life without her. I have a feeling that some people think I'm under mounted and kinda hint that I should sell her and get a more advanced horse since it's obvious that she won't be able to successfully show above 2nd or 3rd Level, but she's my lifer. Sure, I may admire the imported warmbloods winning at the shows, but can their owners jump on them bareback in a halter and gallop around a racetrack? Can they go for trail rides alone through a cattle herd? Can they hop on their horse in a 100+ acre pasture and canter up hills tackless? Some of them are too hot to enjoy those sorts of things. I love my grade mare and I love that we can do dressage movements and just hang out as horse and rider.
Sorry for rambling! =P Long story short, I don't know how I knew that my horse and I "matched." It just happened.
    03-25-2010, 07:38 PM
Originally Posted by ptvintage    
Thinking about it now, I guess I do know quite a few riders who for whatever reason were not happy with their horses. Interestingly enough, those who had horses that didn't fit what they wanted to do (jumping, dressage, w/e) were very quick to sell their horses, but people who were over mounted hung on to that horse.
The only conclusion I've ever come to is that people don't want a horse that is below their riding level, or outside their "sport" or other passion, because many times, a horse may not be able to compete/perform at the level the rider can; people will keep a horse that is above their riding level, hoping to rise to, and sometimes achieving the horse's level to better themselves... but some are not always so lucky to reach the horse's level. Others run out of money, LOL.
    03-25-2010, 07:55 PM
Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck    
How do you get on? Tree stumps, rock walls, stand uphill from the horse and jump big.

LOL. Isn't there some kind of extra stirrup thing you can use for that? I wouldn't try relying on the landscape myself! Unless you're jumping competitively a tall horse is a disadvantage IMHO.

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