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        04-17-2014, 12:10 PM
      #11
    Trained
    I like the suggestion that keeps you in those classes, but you have given us no idea as to how tall you THINK you will be in a few years. IMO, if you looking for a prospect for several years and your parents/siblings indicate you will grow a few inches, I would shop for a 15'hh-15'2hh HORSE. This is average, so there will be a LOT of them around, and there will also be a good market for selling, should you decided to do that down the road. If you REALLY click with this horse, you could be showing him or her 10 years down the road from now, and exploring multiple disciplines.
    Good luck! =D
         
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        04-22-2014, 09:37 AM
      #12
    Foal
    Like everyone else has mentioned, it all depends on what you are planning on doing and the build (stocky, thin, etc.) of the horses. I personally prefer taller horses, so I would go for nothing under 15h, but a 14h pony sounds suitable for your situation as well.
         
        04-22-2014, 10:16 AM
      #13
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    Originally Posted by Corporal    
    I like the suggestion that keeps you in those classes, but you have given us no idea as to how tall you THINK you will be in a few years. IMO, if you looking for a prospect for several years and your parents/siblings indicate you will grow a few inches, I would shop for a 15'hh-15'2hh HORSE. This is average, so there will be a LOT of them around, and there will also be a good market for selling, should you decided to do that down the road. If you REALLY click with this horse, you could be showing him or her 10 years down the road from now, and exploring multiple disciplines.
    Good luck! =D
    Anything over 15hh would prevent her from entering any children's classes including showing. She could jump in the horse classes and show in horse classes but at her age would be at a possible disadvantage competing against adults who have more experience
    It really depends on what the OP wants to do with her pony or horse
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        04-22-2014, 10:49 AM
      #14
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    In the UK children have a great diversity of ponies to ride. Shows are organised with age and height restrictions. It is rare to see a 14 year old riding a big horse let alone competing on one.

    When I am in the US I see children on horses and it makes my heart miss a beat thinking how far they have to fall if they do.

    Modern thinking seems to be that the bigger the better, not so! I am 5'8" and have ridden for a days Fox Hunting, 13.2 ponies and big horses. Over open galloping ground the big horse is the best but when it comes to hills and rough terrain, mountains and moorlands, give me the pony any day!

    Majority of children grow up knowing that they will outgrow their ponies which will be sold so they can get the next size. It is just the norm.
         
        04-22-2014, 10:59 AM
      #15
    Foal
    I am your height, and I ride a 15.2 quarter horse and he is perfect for me. I've ridden taller horses, and that works too. I wouldn't go lower than 14.2. It really depends on what you want to do, and make sure you try a lot of different horses to find the perfect fit. If it feels right, it probably is.
         
        05-03-2014, 08:39 AM
      #16
    Yearling
    I think it depends on what you might want to do if you show. I am 5'4" 120 pounds, but I am also 30 so I am not getting any taller lol. I ride a 13.3 hand quarter pony, he is built like a horse though and appears to be taller than he actually is. I only trail ride him western. If I was looking to compete English on him I'd probably look quite ridiculous. My husband is 6'3" and rides a 14.3 hand quarter horse, the horse is a tank with a huge barrel and they look completely fine. I rode a 13.2 quarab from the time I was 8 to 21 and I was not much lighter than I am now. She was first my eventing/all around horse (which she was terrible at lol) and then became my pony club games mount for many many years which she was excellent at. I had larger horses at that point to event on, 15.2-16 hands. You are small enough that most any sized horse could comfortably carry you. Being 12 and you already say you have longs legs, I'd either look for something on the taller side or a shorter pony with a very wide barrel.
         
        05-03-2014, 02:05 PM
      #17
    Weanling
    You really have the option of any size depending on your preference and where you want to compete. I'm your height and a good 35lbs heavier than you and have no trouble with broader 13.2 hh ponies, and have a finer built 14hh that my trainer thinks I actually look fine on (for dressage). I have ridden up to 16.2 hh, but it is easier for me to ride the smaller horses with my short legs.
         
        05-03-2014, 02:40 PM
      #18
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    Originally Posted by Foxhunter    
    In the UK children have a great diversity of ponies to ride. Shows are organised with age and height restrictions. It is rare to see a 14 year old riding a big horse let alone competing on one.

    When I am in the US I see children on horses and it makes my heart miss a beat thinking how far they have to fall if they do.

    Modern thinking seems to be that the bigger the better, not so! I am 5'8" and have ridden for a days Fox Hunting, 13.2 ponies and big horses. Over open galloping ground the big horse is the best but when it comes to hills and rough terrain, mountains and moorlands, give me the pony any day!

    Majority of children grow up knowing that they will outgrow their ponies which will be sold so they can get the next size. It is just the norm.
    I think I've mentioned this before related to this topic, but I'd usually prefer to see kids on horses than ponies. Why? If a horse is acting up then an adult rider won't think twice about hopping on to give the horse a lesson, or even ride the horse regularly in addition to the child. Many ponies are ill behaved because most of their riding is done by inexperienced children, and many people are hesitant to hop on to tune the pony up due to the image or being over weighted for the pony. As a result you get a lot of poorly behaved ponies. That's not true for every pony and many get by just fine without having adults on them, but it's true for quite a few!

    Over the past few years I've seen a few fairly serious injuries (mostly broken bones) and nearly of these have come from ponies. A few from kids, and a few from quite experienced riders. I've seen an equal or greater number of falls from full sized horses, and I can only think of one that resulted in anything more than a couple of bruises. Perhaps it's just a coincidence, perhaps not. I haven't run the stats on it

    When you're riding a horse that's small for you then your center of gravity seems to be shifted into an awkward position relative to the horse, so perhaps that explains the falls/injuries from experienced riders. I'm only 5'3" and I rode a 12.2hh pony at my old barn a few times. I used to ride ponies regularly, though all of them were in the 13 and up range, and I felt really awkward on this girl! Got used to her really quickly, but still felt like if she tried to duck out and I wasn't expecting it then I'd get tossed over her shoulder! Just because the fall is shorter doesn't mean that the risk of injury is necessarily lessened!

    Either way, that's more of a side note than anything. The poster mentioned that she was looking in the 14.2hh range I believe and is an inch shorter than me, so I doubt that she'll be running into the pony problems!
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        05-04-2014, 11:31 AM
      #19
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    [QUOTE=DuckDodgers;5310770]I think I've mentioned this before related to this topic, but I'd usually prefer to see kids on horses than ponies. Why? If a horse is acting up then an adult rider won't think twice about hopping on to give the horse a lesson, or even ride the horse regularly in addition to the child. Many ponies are ill behaved because most of their riding is done by inexperienced children, and many people are hesitant to hop on to tune the pony up due to the image or being over weighted for the pony. As a result you get a lot of poorly behaved ponies. That's not true for every pony and many get by just fine without having adults on them, but it's true for quite a few!

    Over the past few years I've seen a few fairly serious injuries (mostly broken bones) and nearly of these have come from ponies. A few from kids, and a few from quite experienced riders. QUOTE]

    There's an easy solution to this parents - don't buy unreliable ponies for your children!!!
    One bonus in the UK is that there are an abundance a very good affordable ponies on the market, I had ponies until I was 16, my children all had ponies and we had a lot of them boarded at the yard where I worked and big majority of them were wonderful, reliable and would never have thought of misbehaving. The bad ones didn't stay long
    Its so important to be sure to do all your 'homework' and spend time looking for the 'right one' if you're going to put a child on it
         
        05-04-2014, 03:13 PM
      #20
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by DuckDodgers    
    I think I've mentioned this before related to this topic, but I'd usually prefer to see kids on horses than ponies. Why? If a horse is acting up then an adult rider won't think twice about hopping on to give the horse a lesson, or even ride the horse regularly in addition to the child. Many ponies are ill behaved because most of their riding is done by inexperienced children, and many people are hesitant to hop on to tune the pony up due to the image or being over weighted for the pony. As a result you get a lot of poorly behaved ponies. That's not true for every pony and many get by just fine without having adults on them, but it's true for quite a few!

    Over the past few years I've seen a few fairly serious injuries (mostly broken bones) and nearly of these have come from ponies. A few from kids, and a few from quite experienced riders. QUOTE]

    There's an easy solution to this parents - don't buy unreliable ponies for your children!!!
    One bonus in the UK is that there are an abundance a very good affordable ponies on the market, I had ponies until I was 16, my children all had ponies and we had a lot of them boarded at the yard where I worked and big majority of them were wonderful, reliable and would never have thought of misbehaving. The bad ones didn't stay long
    Its so important to be sure to do all your 'homework' and spend time looking for the 'right one' if you're going to put a child on it
    I and most reasonable horse people know that, but it seems that the rest of the general public does not That's the problem- at least around here, there aren't very many ponies that are truly kid-safe. People generally don't put kids on giant horses unless they're super quiet, but the frisky ponies seem to be considered options. I do think it's a pity that nowadays people don't think twice seeing a small person (child or small adult) on a huge horse, but that a long legged rider on a short horse will get laughed at.

    Still, on the off chance I had kids, a lesson program (not going to happen, but just for the sake of the discussion), or whatever I wouldn't ever be comfortable buying something that I couldn't hop on myself if necessary, or pay a competent trainer to ride in the event I get much larger or less able bodied than I am now. You CAN find decent ponies that won't act up (and I wish they were more common!), but they're still animals and some may need a tune up once in awhile.
         

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