I compete in hunters, and I had a show today. My mare did great, but she took last in every single class. She's 15 hands, so I have to put her in horse divisions against big 17h WBs even though she looks, acts, and essentially is a very fancy pony. She's a gorgeous mover, and I absolutely love her, but me and my mom were talking about possibly selling her so I can get a horse who can help take me farther. Anyways, I've always loved ponies (the more challenging the better ) so if I do decide to sell my mare I'd like to get a pony. I know that it's very subjective to the pony, and about the whole carrying 20% of their body weight, but how small a pony do you think I could get?
I'm 14, a little under 5'1 and about 110lbs (Although I plan on losing about 8 pounds this spring/summer.) I should get about an inch taller, tops. So outgrowing shouldn't be an issue as long as I originally fit. I've been looking in the 13'2 to 14'1 range for green broke ponies I could get cheap and work with. Also, I'll need something for the next 4 years until I graduate (I'm a freshman now.) I've ridden several 16+ hand OTTBs, and while I'm perfectly comfortable on them, I just prefer smaller, stockier ponies.
So not that you've read my nice little story, how small do you think I could comfortably go? I obviously don't want to hurt the pony, or look inappropriate, so I figured I'd see what you guys think.