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post #1 of 10 Old 10-24-2012, 02:55 PM Thread Starter
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Worried about pony size

I have a 13.2 hand pony? Horse? She is half Arab and half something, but I'm not sure what (paint maybe). She isn't a hot horse.

I'm 5'1 and 105 pounds. Am I too big for this horse? Do you think I would look too big on her?

What is the biggest person you'd put on her?

She isn't "big boned" at all. She really just looks like a small paint Arab.
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post #2 of 10 Old 10-24-2012, 02:57 PM
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It is impossible to tell based solely on this description.
Your fitness and balance as a rider, her fitness, etc will all play into whether the two of you are a good physical match. Photos would be helpful.
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I'm an advanced rider and have pretty good balance and fitness. Her, not so much. She has limited muscle and is skinnier than she should be.. But we are trying to fix that!
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post #4 of 10 Old 10-24-2012, 03:06 PM
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I'm 5"5, possibly a little taller, and 110lbs. My pony is 13.2 and in my opinion we look just fine. She carries me easily and is fairly small-boned her self, being a Hackney pony.
As theme said, pictures would be helpful to see. (:

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post #5 of 10 Old 10-24-2012, 06:08 PM
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I am 5'9" and 125 lb and rode a 13 hh without any problems, mind you it was bareback and my legs looked a little silly. But we tore around the pasture like the devil was after us without a problem, also had a few controlled rides too of course.

The pony probably won't have any trouble carrying once she is the right weight, and if both of you are comfortable that's all the matters.
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post #6 of 10 Old 10-24-2012, 06:25 PM
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Psht, no. You might feel big on her, but she should be able to carry you just fine. If it makes you feel better, my BO asked me to work with their what I presume to be Welsh/mini mare. She's 10.2hh. I'm 5'7" and 115lb. She was broke when they got her, but needed a refresher. I only ride her for about 10-15 minutes at a time, but she can still carry me without bracing or protest.

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post #7 of 10 Old 10-26-2012, 10:27 AM
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I'm 5'6" & 135 & the pony I've been using for lessons is 13.3. she has no problems toting me around
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post #8 of 10 Old 10-26-2012, 11:21 AM
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Depends a lot on how she's built. If she's delicate with a long back and light bones, that will affect how much weight she can carry.

Stocky horses with short backs and heavy bone structures can carry more weight than their more delicate brethren.
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I'm 5'4" 130lbs and my pony was 13.3. No issues and I love the smaller ones. Will be looking for a Fjord once we get moved and settled.
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post #10 of 10 Old 11-01-2012, 10:46 PM
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No you are not too big. Generally ponies can carry more weight than horses proportionally. Is is not about size so much as conformation. Thoroughbreds are plenty tall but they were never bred to carry weight. Icelandics are small and carry adults without problems.
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