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post #1 of 37 Old 06-04-2012, 09:43 PM Thread Starter
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I have this problem

Where I feel like my horse is too small for me. He is just at 14hh, and could almost be considered a pony. I am 5'5'' and 140lbs. I feel like a clown on a tricycle sometimes even though people say we look fine together.



..so here is my dilemma
As much as I hate to- I want to either sell Ollie and get a bigger mare, or simply trade him for the right horse.
Problem is I worry who he will end up with and what his life will be like other than with me.
So- I keep my small horse to ensure his future and not be 100% happy, or I find the right home for him and a better fit for myself.

Decisions..decisions...
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post #2 of 37 Old 06-04-2012, 10:21 PM
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Well, personally I think it's ok... I'm 6' and my mare is only 14.2! I'm used to it though - my first horse was almost exactly the same height so it feels 'right' for me. When I was horse shopping I went to see a 16 h Thoroughbred and realized that, even though she seemed to have a nice personality, I would always feel a little intimidated by her.

A good horse is a treasure and if his personality fits really well with yours, I'd say keep him... but if you're always going to feel uncomfortable then that's not good either! What discipline(s) do you ride? From what I've seen (which isn't a lot, I'll admit, but in my limited experience, anyway!) the English disciplines seem to prefer taller horses where a smaller horse is often more acceptable in Western.

Also - since in your photos you're on bareback - another nice thing about a small horse, it's way easier to hop on bareback!
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post #3 of 37 Old 06-04-2012, 10:22 PM
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What about leasing him out and getting another horse? Or leasing him out and leasing another horse for yourself (lol)?

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post #4 of 37 Old 06-04-2012, 10:27 PM
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give me all the shorties!!!

but really, i think you look good together. i always think i look too big for my horses but i always think i look too big in general lol.

its kind of an odd thing to be self conscious about, im sure he doesn't mind!
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post #5 of 37 Old 06-04-2012, 10:30 PM
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What do you want to do with your horse?

You look fine to me, yeh slightly big but I think the only thing that would affect is if you want to show.

It's so hard to find a perfect horse so if yours is just a little short I'd be hanging on for dear life
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post #6 of 37 Old 06-04-2012, 10:51 PM
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*If you are really worried about it, I think you look fine.

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post #7 of 37 Old 06-04-2012, 10:55 PM Thread Starter
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I ride English and Western, but with Ollie I use just Western. People always make comments about how he is so little, and too small for me. It hurts my feelings honestly. However he and I seem to have a pretty nice connection that I'd rather not give up! I also do not ride very often, and I am able to pull him from pasture, warm him up, and hop on with very little problems. Sometimes he gets upset and crow hops a little bit,but for a horse his size it just looks silly.

I do like the perks of
A) short distance to get on/off/fall
B) his personality matches mine
To be honest, he is perfect for me and my lifestyle if he wasn't so **** SHORT! lol. Ugh. Do they make miracle grow for horses? He's nearly 6...

I can't see him leaving my place unless the perfect trade comes along with the perfect family for him. I'm just bothered by our size difference. I feel HUGE. No girl likes to feel huge. :(
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post #8 of 37 Old 06-04-2012, 10:55 PM
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Well i know a girl that is over 6' and rides 14 and under ponies. Now she looks odd. Youre fine. Ive nevernhad a problem riding smaller horses.. im 5'1. Lol.
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Well, personally I think it's ok... I'm 6' and my mare is only 14.2! I'm used to it though - my first horse was almost exactly the same height so it feels 'right' for me. When I was horse shopping I went to see a 16 h Thoroughbred and realized that, even though she seemed to have a nice personality, I would always feel a little intimidated by her.

A good horse is a treasure and if his personality fits really well with yours, I'd say keep him... but if you're always going to feel uncomfortable then that's not good either! What discipline(s) do you ride? From what I've seen (which isn't a lot, I'll admit, but in my limited experience, anyway!) the English disciplines seem to prefer taller horses where a smaller horse is often more acceptable in Western.

Also - since in your photos you're on bareback - another nice thing about a small horse, it's way easier to hop on bareback!
Will you and everyone else post pictures of your shorties mounted?Id feel bettuh!
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post #10 of 37 Old 06-04-2012, 10:56 PM
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It could just be the angle or something, but in the pictures he looks young - is there a possibility he's still going to grow? Even if he doesn't get any more height, he might fill out a little more which will still make him appear bigger.

He is a cutie, by the way :)
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