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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
I'm 4'11 and weigh about 92 pounds right now. I 'tune up' ride our lesson ponies every week or two and have never felt bad about it. I have a light seat and don't bounce around on them, so I've even put out 11.1hh pony mare through her paces. I wouldn't let an normal sized adult ride her, but we have lesson kids up to 85 lbs or so ride her and she doens't have trouble with them.
We also have two 13.2hh ponies, a Quarter Pony mare who is nothing if not as sturdy as they get, and a (possibly) appy gelding. The QP mare is ridden by a 200 lb cowboy some times (though her normal rider is 160) and does just fine, the appy is a bit lighter built but has carried up to 180 lbs for a full day's work. Both are in tip top shape though, and have decent conformation. If they didn't have good conformation or were old, I might reconsider.
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