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post #1 of 20 Old 04-17-2014, 07:00 AM Thread Starter
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What size horse

I am a 12y girl, I am 5'2 and 92lbs, I want a horse/pony who I will fit for maybe 2-3 years, what size horse/pony should I be looking at

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As you are in the UK if you want to compete then you still have two years in 13.2 and under classes otherwise you will be competing against older children.

Certainly you do not need anything over 14.2
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post #3 of 20 Old 04-17-2014, 07:09 AM Thread Starter
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13.2 wont fit, I am very long in the leg, I recently put my 13.2 mare on loan as she is starting to get a bit small, I am looking at 14-14.2 but am wondering if anyone has better idea

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A lot depends on what you want to compete in. The UK classes go by pony height and riders age so, you could go to 15 hands and compete in working hunter ponies or hunter ponies but that is about all unless you want to compete against adults which is not a wise thing to do.

A girl I use to teach had outgrown her 13.2 which we sold. Couldn't find a 14.2 for her so that winter she hunted a Welsh stallion I had. He was only 12.2 but she looked better on him than she had on her bigger pony because he was thicker set and took up more of her leg.
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Ok, great thanks I don't compete at the moment,I do pc rallies/camp/lessons although am hoping to do some shows when I get a New pony

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I don't know about the show heights, but as to just general "being able to ride" heights - it really depends more on the build of the horse than the height. I had to laugh at you saying 13.2 would be too short for someone 5'2. I'm 5'8 and rode a 13.3 hand Haflinger for years. But he was WIDE which made a huge difference.
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I don't know about the show heights, but as to just general "being able to ride" heights - it really depends more on the build of the horse than the height. I had to laugh at you saying 13.2 would be too short for someone 5'2. I'm 5'8 and rode a 13.3 hand Haflinger for years. But he was WIDE which made a huge difference.
I laughed at that a bit too... in high school my 5'10, very light, and super leggy friend rode her 13.2hh mare until she was about 16 or so. She looked a bit funny on her and ultimately moved up to a 17hh horse, so I do understand the desire for something that fits a little better... just find it funny.

At your weight you don't really need to worry about the "Can the pony carry you?" argument, but it does become an issue of how long you will look well matched for the horse. When I was 15 years old, 5'3, and about 105 pounds I was looking at horses 14.2-16hh (I wasn't fond of larger horses) under the assumption that I may grow a couple more inches and wanting something my trainer could easily ride. I didn't grow anymore, and my 15hh horse fits me perfectly. You don't want something that will be giant for you, but you don't want something that you'll be too tall for if you have a growth spurt this summer!

Given that your 13.2hh pony is too short, and you are only 12 and are likely to shoot up a few more inches over the next few years I would look for something 14.2hh or up, unless it has a wider girth to take up your leg. My leg falls higher on my 15hh QH than on the 15.3hh TB I rode last summer because the TB was so much more narrow. It really does make a difference!

If you are willing and ok to lease out or find a decent home for this horse once you outgrow it in height or ability then I wouldn't look at anything larger than about 16hh. You will likely look small on it. Of course, large horses seem to be "in style" nowadays, with no one batting an eye at a giant horse with a tiny rider, and tall riders on short horses getting funny looks. Whatever works for you.

Most importantly, sit on the horse! We can give you all the height advice in the world, but unless you actually sit on the horse and see where your leg falls then you won't know. I would personally look in the 14.2-16hh range, and have someone take photos of you while riding so you and your trainer can see how you look.
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I got the nickname Peanut when I was a kid because I was your age and about your size and riding a 17'+ HH TB. My dad said I looked like a Peanut sitting on a Boxcar . I loved that horse but it's a lot less intimidating to fall off of something smaller.
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I am 6ft about 265lbs, and I prefer a horse between 14.2 and 15.2. Im not sure why you are only looking to get into a horse for 2-3yrs, but I would say the right 14.2 horse should last you into adulthood. My go to Dog Horse is a 14.2 tank of a Paso.

Though as I was typing this it occured to me that your prefered discipline might be better suited by a bigger steed.

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I would suggest you go for a 13.2 because you can then compete in 13.2 classes against your own age group - you go up to the next height class and the fences get bigger and wider and most of the children will have a few more years of experience ahead of you
Yes a narrow pony with TB blood in it isn't going to be deep enough for you but the hunter type ponies, Haffies, cobs and section C Welsh types will be plenty big enough
A lot depends on what you want to do really - If you want to compete in show pony classes then you probably would be best on a 14.2
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