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    12-23-2009, 12:05 PM
  #31
Foal
Thanks for clarifying Horseluver - I figure also as horses tend to loose in the winter months, she may be even thicker come summer.

Plains Drifter - I guess since I've always ridden larger (in my younger NO FEAR days) its slightly weird to become comfortable with a smaller horse. BUT after yesterday I did realize ALOT of the benefits.. didn't have to duck too much to go under branches... easy to mount and dismount on trails... and of course lot less farther to fall if I did happen to come off... and on the steep inclines we do face occasionally it wouldn't be a bad thing to be nearer the ground.
Thanks again!
     
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    12-23-2009, 04:15 PM
  #32
Lis
Yearling
A bit late but anyway I part loaned a 13hh pony this summer and he could carry upto 12st. I've also been used to help train the smaller ponies so at my last riding school I was riding anything from 12hh upto 15.1hh and I was jumping them, hacking them out and schooling them. The smaller ones were the hardy Welshies and the other natives but a year or so ago they used me to take out one of the shetlands who was 10.2hh because I was one of the few smaller riders who could ride well. So long as you and the horse are comfortable then have fun.
     
    12-23-2009, 04:30 PM
  #33
Weanling
Aw. You guys look great together. I agree with Plains Drifter... Not too big not too small.... Have fun and keep us updated :) Happy Trails
     
    12-23-2009, 04:40 PM
  #34
Showing
You look perfect on her, and glad to hear she did so well on your trail ride. We have a member here from Iceland who of course rides Icelandic ponies (only horses allowed in Iceland). She is 5'8 or 9 and has no problem with the little ones. Being closer to the ground does mean its less distance to fall as well
     
    12-23-2009, 05:06 PM
  #35
Trained
Some more perspective - Here is me on the pony i'm starting, who I am planning on jumping, gaming, trail riding, etc. She's an arab, so finer built as well - But she doesn't and won't struggle with me on her.

     
    12-23-2009, 10:55 PM
  #36
Showing
Oh, goodness Mya. You are TINY. Not too big for her at all. You two make a wonderful pair and holy cow, that's a thick tail LOL.
     
    12-24-2009, 01:29 AM
  #37
Green Broke
THAT TAIL!!!! OMG! Sorry to spaz but I am in love!
     

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