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post #1 of 7 Old 08-26-2011, 07:57 AM Thread Starter
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Cool Pony/Mini Horses for riders?

Hi there!

I'm looking to buy a horse next year and have considered several options.
I'm a smaller adult (elf-size, standing at 5'0!) and I've read that ponies or mini horses are good for smaller adults. Eventually I'd like to get into barrel racing and mounted shooting, so I'm sure I'll end up with a horse. But for beginner's sake, I'd prefer a smaller horse to start.

Does anyone here ride ponies or mini horses and what are your experiences? Pros and cons?

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post #2 of 7 Old 08-26-2011, 09:40 AM
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LOL! first off welcome to the forum. Secondm, I am 4'11 and I dont think id be content on something less than 13 hands. Not to say you wouldnt, but why look for a miniature horse (which, no, you shouldnt buy to ride at your height)? I own a 14.2 Connemara pony and a 14.3 hand paint. They are a good size for me, but i've also been comfortable on 16 hand horses. You can definitely ride a pony, but miniature? I wouldnt IMO
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Thanks! Yea, I would be looking for something around 14 or 14.5 hands. Nothing smaller than that. Perhaps a Quarter Pony? I ride an Appy right now for lessons and he's a tad too big for me, at least for now.

Thanks for the response!!
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I'd go for a quarter horse, they come pretty small too, and generally are gentle, kind animals. :)
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Just a heads up, there is no .5 hands in heigh. figure each hand is 4 inches. so if you say 14.5 = 15.1 hands. 14.4=15 hands. I lvoe the height of my horses for me
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Mini horses aren't really made to ride.

I think you'd be happy with a large pony or a small horse. I'm thinking something along the lines of Haflingers, Fjords, small QH's, etc. Anywhere from 14-15 hands, in other words. That size of horse could probably do well in the sports you want to get into. The smaller ones are agile for barrels, and I've seen tiny QH's kick butt in speed events.

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Welcome to the forum!

Miniature horses are very rarely more than 38" tall. That's two feet shorter than you are. Riding a miniature would not only be extremely uncomfortable (your legs would be able to cross under the horse's belly) but could potentially seriously injure the mini.

I don't know what you weigh, but I am 4"11 (when stretching xD) and 85-90 pounds, which a little on the light side. I'm going to assume you're somewhere between 90 and 110 pounds. That being said, a horse should not be asked to carry more than 20% of it's bodyweight, meaning that you're going to need a horse that is atleast 500-600 pounds, or 13hh + especially if you're going to ride western (western saddles are 15-30 pounds)

I personally ride horses as small as 12hh, but only for quick 20 minute sessions to keep them tuned up and ready for our younger riders. I feel most comfortable though on a 13hh + horse.

A welsh, halfi, morgan, quarter pony, POA, small arabian, or something along those lines would be a good size for you, since they're generally 13-14.2hh. A 13hh horse's withers (highest point of back) would then be probably at your own shoulder, and a 14.2 hh pony's back would be level with your head.

A quarter pony would be a good option, as you suggested.

Just a word of advice though- it's generally better to get something that will always fit you, not just for now. With the economy like it is, horse sales are low and it will be hard to sell and buy a new horse in a year or two. Plus you tend to get attatched to the beasts.... ;)
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