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post #1 of 9 Old 07-12-2011, 04:45 PM Thread Starter
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Am I to small?

My family has had a couple of belgian mares, but they were both unridable, but they were so so sweet that I would love to get a draft of some sort in a while to ride around on trails and what not, but someone told me I was too small to handle one. I did have trouble haltering the mares some times, but never felt out of control. I am 5 foot 1 and weigh about 115 pounds. I have been around horses for most of my life.
I just need reassurance from other horse people, am I too small to control a draft horse?

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post #2 of 9 Old 07-12-2011, 04:49 PM Thread Starter
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This is me by Minnie she was around 17 hands, the rub marks on her shoulder were from the round bale feeder she rubbed on them to get food. She was abused by some amish people before we got her and being 30 years old she was a little difficult to put weight on


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post #3 of 9 Old 07-12-2011, 05:04 PM
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I am 5ft and used to weigh a little bit of nothing (I've gotten a tad heavier in my old age). I've ridden horses from 14 to 17+ hands. I think it is less about size and more about personality of the horse and the rider.
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If I'm 10 times lighter than my horse is, or if I'm 15 times lighter, it doesn't matter. If it's a light boned arab or a draft, both are stronger than I am and both could easily be out of control if it was about weight, height and power. Respect is what matters.

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post #5 of 9 Old 07-12-2011, 05:32 PM
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if you've got the guts and the knowledge, I'd say go for it ^_^ our BO's son is hardly four years old and can't weigh more than thirty pounds, but he controls our mammoth of a thoroughred who stands at 17.3hh as if he were a 200 pound beefman! As long as you can ride pretty well and are confident on the ground/in the saddle, I don't see a problem. Drafts are generally pretty laid back anyways, and very accepting. What breed do you think you'll go for?

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post #6 of 9 Old 07-12-2011, 06:28 PM
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As long as you get a horse that respects you and your space, then you'll be fine. As long as you show them who's boss (not in a mean, nasty way, but in an assertive way) then you'll be absolutely fine. Like manca said, it doesn't matter what kind of horse you have, they're still a lot stronger than you. A shetland pony could knock a grown man over (And I'm pleased to say I have witnessed this - it's hilarious! ) But as long as you have the respect of your horse, you'll be fine
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Agree with others, a 1000 pound stock horse can hurt you just as badly and just as quickly as a 2000 pound draft. The most important thing will be that the horse is trained properly. Shoot, I am not that much bigger than you at 5'5" and 135 pounds but I have no problem riding and handling my drafties that are 17.2-18 hands and 2000+ pounds.

If you have a problem getting the halter on, then teach the horse to drop his head with a word or a tug on his mane. I had to do that with my Perch, John. Now, I can grab the end of either his forelock or an area of his mane just behind his poll and tug lightly and he'll drop his head to a manageable level.

As for mounting and saddling, it's more of a pain in the butt than a regular sized horse but so long as you keep a mounting block, step ladder, or a barrel around to stand on, you'll be just fine .

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post #8 of 9 Old 07-13-2011, 02:39 AM Thread Starter
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[quote=Endiku;1094454]if you've got the guts and the knowledge, I'd say go for it ^_^ our BO's son is hardly four years old and can't weigh more than thirty pounds, but he controls our mammoth of a thoroughred who stands at 17.3hh as if he were a 200 pound beefman! As long as you can ride pretty well and are confident on the ground/in the saddle, I don't see a problem. Drafts are generally pretty laid back anyways, and very accepting. What breed do you think you'll go for?[/QUOTE]
Well I am partial to the Belgians since they are the only draft breed I have had, well not me but my dad. They are so sweet.

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Agree with others, a 1000 pound stock horse can hurt you just as badly and just as quickly as a 2000 pound draft. The most important thing will be that the horse is trained properly. Shoot, I am not that much bigger than you at 5'5" and 135 pounds but I have no problem riding and handling my drafties that are 17.2-18 hands and 2000+ pounds.

If you have a problem getting the halter on, then teach the horse to drop his head with a word or a tug on his mane. I had to do that with my Perch, John. Now, I can grab the end of either his forelock or an area of his mane just behind his poll and tug lightly and he'll drop his head to a manageable level.

As for mounting and saddling, it's more of a pain in the butt than a regular sized horse but so long as you keep a mounting block, step ladder, or a barrel around to stand on, you'll be just fine .
^^That was very helpful! I will def. teach them a "trick" to put their head down (That is a good idea!) And I will keep a mounting block on hand at all times!

Thank you very much everyone. I am currently researching for the perfect horse. (And saving up)

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If you have money, or live in the UK, there's always the gypsy cobs. I used to know someone who was related to someone who imported one and totally fell in love. Shame I don't have 30K sitting around to buy one!
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