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    08-22-2012, 11:54 PM
Do you think I'm outgrowing him?!

I have the sweetest 13.3 hh POA/QH gelding that I've had since I was 11. I'm 15 now, and I've grown. I'm afraid that I'm too big for him! I'm 5'4, not 'big', but all my friends say that I need to "upgrade" which really makes me mad. Their maniac barrel horses are nothing compared to my well mannered, smart/talented, all-around great little guy in my eyes, but I still don't want to look half-ridiculous on a pony that's too small!
Heres a video! Do you think I look to big on him???
Advice is appreciated!
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    08-22-2012, 11:58 PM
I think you DO look a little big on him. That doesn't mean you need a ' maniac barrel horse' as your 'upgrade'. But if you want to compete in performance, you do need to look like a balanced team on your horse. I know its really hard when we outgrow our longtime partners.....
    08-23-2012, 12:02 AM
The thing is, do you WANT an upgrade?

Letting a horse go to another family isn't a bad thing. He has served his purpose for you, and it may be time for him to teach another young rider.
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    08-23-2012, 12:05 AM
Unless you are looking to show with him, I don't think you are too big to ride him. I'm 5'7 on a good day and have ridden many a 13.3 pony. I look a little absurd, but I was still able to be an effective rider so I didn't let it bother me overmuch. Don't let your friends make you feel like you need a new horse. Just because their horse is bigger doesn't mean it is better. =]
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    08-23-2012, 12:12 AM
I usually only show in 4H and open/local saddle club shows in my area. Either those or POAC (breed) shows, where every teen showing looks slightly big on their ponies lol. So no 'big' shows for us!
    08-23-2012, 12:21 AM
Personally, I don't think you are too big. I do prefer a nice 12hh stout pony myself (at 5'7"). My girl is 13.2hh and I got to ride her the other day and she is absolutely everything I could want. Now, I'm not into showing and the showing crowd has their fashions (colors, height, breed etc) but if he can do what you want without being in pain and you like him, then I say by all means keep him. I personally think that the 5 foot nothing people who think they need the 17hh horses look far more ridiculous than you do on your guy!
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    08-23-2012, 12:56 AM
I think you look quite a bit big on him yes... But that doesnt mean you need to give him up ! But I would look at upgrading to a larger horse... Where do you want to see yourself in the future horse wise exactly.?
    08-23-2012, 01:02 AM
Honestly, the OP is 15. She has plenty of time left to enjoy her pony. She can "upgrade" when she's an adult and if she wants to get another horse. No one said her parents would even be willing to get her a new horse.
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    08-23-2012, 01:03 AM
I don't think you are too big for him at all. There seems to be a craze of getting the largest possible horse, and I just don't think that's necessary as long as the pony can cope with your weight (which seems to be fine).
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    08-23-2012, 07:28 AM
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I think you look fine.

I actually think most people are too small for their horses and so now the expected norm is to have horses that are a bit too big.

If you're happy with your pony keep him.
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