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        09-24-2013, 04:09 PM
      #21
    Yearling
    One of my stallions was 14.3 and built like a tank. I'm 5'10 and 200#, no problems.
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        09-25-2013, 11:06 PM
      #22
    Showing
    If you're 90lbs I can't imagine that would be a problem. A photo would help see the sizes of both you and the horse.
         
        09-29-2013, 03:47 PM
      #23
    Yearling
    I don't think your too big for him at all!!!! My horse is 14.3 and I weigh 170 (working on getting it down! I was almost 200! And even then he didn't have trouble carrying me) and we have no issues! At 90 LBS I don't think you should be concerned at all. Generally a horse can carry up to 20% of its weight with no strain to him. And your nowhere near that.
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        10-01-2013, 06:05 PM
      #24
    Green Broke
    ;) ...If your horse /pony groans when you get on.. I think its time for a diet . Just a little warped humor for the day.
    In the usa we use hands to measure ( 4 inches to a hand) , so its odd to see a horse measured in centimeters (not our standard unit of measure ) . Also 14.2 hands here is a horse in most western states . ;) and its odd to me that people call them ponies .
         
        10-13-2013, 02:12 PM
      #25
    Foal
    Thanks to everyone who replied!!! It made me feel soooo much better! :)
         
        10-21-2013, 05:24 PM
      #26
    Weanling
    I am 5'8" and around 140lbs. My boy is 16hh and somewhere around 1100. Not sure since I haven't weighed him. :P But I have ridden horses that are 14.2 and I look and feel fine on them. Granted, my legs are super long so it feels a little weird (probably looks a bit funny, too), but I don't mind, and I feel that 140 is a safe weight for any horse, as long as they are fit enough to safely carry it and an appropriate height for me.
         
        10-21-2013, 06:38 PM
      #27
    Green Broke
    You might be progressing past the point where your POA can jump, but I expect that's more based on his talent/conformation than his size.

    My horse is not quite 15hh and is still pretty green over jumps (we've been jumping less than a year, only jumping 1-2 times per month), but he's going over 2' jumps with plenty of room to spare. If I was actually trying to go up in height (which I'm not, since I'm a little bit of a chicken) I don't think he'd have any problem hitting 3'. I'm also 5'2" and a little bit heavier than you and he has absolutely no issue carrying my weight over jumps or otherwise.
         
        10-26-2013, 03:11 AM
      #28
    Foal
    I'm 5'6 and 127 and my QH is 14.2h. I honestly doubt you are too big.
         
        12-15-2013, 08:00 PM
      #29
    Banned
    Nope don't listen to dumb people :3
         
        12-16-2013, 04:08 PM
      #30
    Weanling
    You are definitely not too big for him. I barrel raced a 23 yr. Old, 54" (maybe 52", can't remember) POA a couple summers ago. I'm 5' - 5' 1" and weigh about 107 pounds. We were absolutely fine together. I own an 11.3 Welsh Pony, and I'm not too big for him, though I do look a tad strange
         

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