I just got a 14.1/14.2hh pony who's around 835 pounds and still gaining. I'm about 5'2 and 160 pounds and I felt like a total fat a$$ on her until someone took a picture of me riding her and I really don't look all that bad.
My BO is probably 5'5 and she rides a 13.2hh pony.
So how tall are you guys and how tall are your ponies?!? Do you ever feel like your too big for them? I was so paranoid that I was way too big to even ride her at first but she caries me around no problem.
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Lacey's 14.1hh and 950lbs when she's "perfect" (since she's usually fat, she's more like 1100lbs on a regular basis). I'm 5ft 8inches and 145lbs so while I'm not too heavy for her, I'm really a bit too tall for her. Thankfully, she has a "well-sprung" ribcage so my feet don't hang down as much as they otherwise might and I feel pretty secure on her back. My biggest complaint about Lacey is that the widest part of her belly is pretty high up, which means that it's very difficult for me to effectively use my calves on her. I'm always forced to put my heels up and use them to cue her, it's kinda a pain.
For funniness factor, here's a picture of me on a 13.1hh Quarter Pony mare who probably weighs 1000lbs on a skinny day (excuse my face, I have no idea what I was looking at! Haha):
The funny thing is, my legs look perfect on her but my torso looks huge! Trust me, my legs aren't actually THAT short, that mare is just so round!
Here's a picture of me on 14.1hh Lacey, for comparison (ignore my legs...I was possibly adjusting my stirrups? Haha). That mare tied to the fence in the back left of this photo is the one above. Lacey's a lot more leggy than she is, however, the two of them fit the exact same saddle!:
I do feel more "in-balance" on the shorter mare, I think due to her bigger body (she's my favorite camp horse, I try to ride her whenever possible! She and Lacey hate each other. Haha!). It's weird.
There was this late 20's girl I seen riding a pony english dressage. She had to be about 5'8". And I swear her sturrups were like a foot above ground! It seemed if she wanted to stop all she had to do was pull her feet out of the sturrups and drag them on the ground like Fred Flintstone!I don't know if she was too heavy for the pony but I felt she looked ridiculous!
I'm 5'7", around 90lbs, Sunny is 14hh and 330kg (I think around 700lbs) and I feel fine on him, I'm long legged but he has a nice size barrel so he takes up a lot of my leg. Nobody ever says I look too big on him, when I ask they say we look really well fitting for each other. I'm on my phone at the minute so I'll try and post a picture later. Posted via Mobile Device
Obviously as athletes (which both horses and their riders are) we should strive to be fit... (and as it's a major issue in this country, for both horses and riders, we should watch body condition and try to not be overweight/obese.. healther for everyone)..
That being said.. I find that most people don't need a horse as tall as they think they do. (hello 4'11" girl at the barn who won't even look at anything under 17hh.. seriously). The build of the horse is much more important.. as long as the horse can carry you. If the horse is struggling to carry you, then you need a different horse. Otherwise you are fine :)
I have ridden two POAs. One I owned and one I was rehabbing for his owner's. I am 5'5" and weighted at the time about 150 lbs. They both had a lot of leg bone substance and stocky built. They had no problem carrying the weight of an adult.