How heavy is too heavy for a 42" Shetland?

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    04-08-2008, 07:54 PM
How heavy is too heavy for a 42" Shetland?

I have a question...... how heavy is too heavy for a 42" Shetland? I think she is about 42", because she is about the same height as my little brother at the withers. I want to know if it is okay for me to ride her, because she is one of the only horses I know that isn't a total problem! I weigh about 115 lbs., and she was absolutly perfect when I rode her (once!) bareback. An onlooker laughed when they saw me riding her. I think my feet were about six inches from the ground!
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    04-11-2008, 07:44 PM
Actually I would like to know too. I think it just looks funny but considering that pound for pound they are the strongest horse breed in the world it should be fine. Right?
    04-11-2008, 08:51 PM
That is very true.
    04-11-2008, 09:10 PM
If it's a Shetland Shetland pony it can carry more than an American Shetland.

I googled because i'm curious too.
For its size, the Shetland is the strongest of all horse and pony breeds. It can pull twice its own weight under circumstances where a draft horse can only pull approximately half its own weight, as well as many being able to carry up to 9 stone in one ride. Shetland ponies are found worldwide, though mainly in the UK and North America. In general, UK ponies tend to preserve more of the original characteristics of the breed and are often stockier than their American cousins.
Here's more if you're interested

FYI: 9 stones= 126 pounds (( 1 stone = 14 pounds))
    04-12-2008, 12:39 AM
Mmm very intrigueing. Thomas is a pure shetland but I would have no clue whether that means he originates from shetland or not?
    04-12-2008, 04:12 PM
Well Wikipedia says that the American Shetlands are taller than the other kind, and they also have a more refined look to them.
Do you have any pictures of Thomas?
    04-12-2008, 06:38 PM
I have a picture of Molly (the shetland). It may not be the best photo.....

...but maybe you can make something out of it.
126lbs.....I only weigh 115, so I hope she is what I think she is. She actually trotted for me today, while I was riding her. She even stood tied with just a rope around her neck! I think my feet are a foot off the ground, not six in.
    04-12-2008, 09:12 PM
Molly looks quite similar to thomas (ill put a picture below and hope it works *nervous laughter*)

So thomas is registered as pure shetland. After reading that site obviously american shetlands are a breed in themselves and yea they look alot more 'horsey' than a typical shetty.

He is the black one, 10hh and I weigh 65kg. He takes my weight without blinking but has some 'emotional baggage' that we are sorting out before I risk fully sitting on him

(the little rascal on the floor is pedro - mini x shetland . Had him for 7 years now)
    04-13-2008, 07:07 PM
You would be fine.

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