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    09-22-2013, 09:06 AM
  #11
Foal
I think you are absolutely fine. I am also 5'2 and weigh 110 lbs and my "perfect" pony was only 13.7! I was also worried that I might be too big for him but I was reassured that was not the case, that size was ideal for me.
     
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    09-22-2013, 10:51 AM
  #12
Green Broke
I LOVE to tell this story, lol!!

My first endurance ride, the Best Condition( which uses a formula that favors higher weight) winners were a 100 lb girl, and a man who weighed 310! He is not fat, but 6'8", and rides normal size Arabians, 50 to 100 miles, for years.

I DO NOT believe in any weight ratio rules.....it is only about how you and the horse feel together!

Nancy
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    09-22-2013, 11:40 AM
  #13
Weanling
That is a good point... Being a heavy sack of potatoes vs a heavy fit rider are two very different things! I've seen teeny people give horses girth galls from unempathetic mounting, as well as been awed by the grace and synchronicity of a heavier rider...

I've also ridden a 900lbs fine-boned QH with a 350lbs+ owner. The damage to that horse's spine was glaringly obvious. He was high-headed, hollowed-out and ridiculously short-strided from years of trying to haul his owner's much too large bulk around. Started so early by this idiot, the horse's skeleton had fused this way. I could not get him to relax with my 120lbs for the two hours I was on him. I even avoided hills because his head was so in my lap, I was leery of him coming over backward ontop of me. I felt so miserable for that gelding...
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    09-22-2013, 10:24 PM
  #14
Showing
Did she say "too big" or "outgrow your pony". Those two terms have two very different meanings. If she said "outgrow" is means your skills will move up to a level that may be beyond the pony.
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    09-22-2013, 10:30 PM
  #15
Showing
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Originally Posted by Western Mare    
I think you are absolutely fine. I am also 5'2 and weigh 110 lbs and my "perfect" pony was only 13.7! I was also worried that I might be too big for him but I was reassured that was not the case, that size was ideal for me.
There is no such size as 13.7hh. Hands only have four inches in them, hence the designations 14.1, 14.2, 14.3, then 15hh.
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    09-23-2013, 02:38 AM
  #16
Started
I think she meant you're about to outgrow your pony skills wise. Take my sister: she's fifteen, she'll never "outgrow" her pony, but she's only got one season left showing pony before pony can't jump as high or as well as what she'll want to be doing. She'll have "outgrown" her that way.
     
    09-24-2013, 01:34 AM
  #17
Weanling
From the studies I've read on the matter, a horse can carry 20% of his weight and perform well. That means you could ride a 450 lb. Horse with no problems. :) you're totally fine.
     
    09-24-2013, 08:30 AM
  #18
Trained
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Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum    
There is no such size as 13.7hh. Hands only have four inches in them, hence the designations 14.1, 14.2, 14.3, then 15hh.
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The person who posted that is Irish. In Europe, Ireland and the UK, horses are measured in cm more often than in inches. Therefore, the pony in question is likely around 13.3hh, but is measured as 13 hands and 7cm, = 13.7
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    09-24-2013, 09:16 AM
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Originally Posted by blue eyed pony    
The person who posted that is Irish. In Europe, Ireland and the UK, horses are measured in cm more often than in inches. Therefore, the pony in question is likely around 13.3hh, but is measured as 13 hands and 7cm, = 13.7
In the the UK and Ireland pretty much everyone refers to hands and inches ie. 14.2 etc

Though I have noticed that occasionally a pony is measured in centimetres but never a mix of hands and centimetres.
     
    09-24-2013, 10:18 AM
  #20
Trained
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Originally Posted by Shropshirerosie    
In the the UK and Ireland pretty much everyone refers to hands and inches ie. 14.2 etc

Though I have noticed that occasionally a pony is measured in centimetres but never a mix of hands and centimetres.
Well, that's how it was explained to me, at least. Countries that operate more under the metric system than the imperial [aka, cm/metres/km rather than inches/feet/yards/miles] treat the period as a decimal point.

Australia is entirely metric but we use hands and inches, so of course this isn't a hard and fast rule. It's just that saying something is wrong when it doesn't match your own experience is a bit... judgmental.
     



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