how big is too big?

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        04-04-2009, 05:34 PM
    how big is too big?

    I am considering training a pony over the summer for possible resale, or to use in a small lesson program (most likely resale).

    Hopefully I don't sound too clueless,but I am just curious as to what would be too small for me. I truely hate riding anything over 16hh :P The thing is I am 5'9, all leg, and about 130-135 pounds xD My trainer thinks I am a waste with all my leg and I can't stand riding the Warmbloods haha (only semi-joking xD)

    Anyways, I was thinking anything pretty solid over 13hh should be okay, but is that too small...could I possbily train something smaller?

    I don't think my weight would cause a whole lot of issues, because I've been searching around and people that weigh quite a bit more are saying they are training 12hh ponies and even 11hh ponies. It's my height that conserns me, I can't find anything about taller people training ponies (I'm sure most of them ride the bigger horses) I just don't do as well with bigger horses.

    So, what do you think? Am I right that anything rather sturdy over 13hh shouldn't be an issue or am I stuck with the 14hh+? Have you heard of any trainers my height/weight training smaller ponies?

    Oh, and what breeds would be best to look for? In my area welshies and pony crosses are about all there is...somethimes a nice cob, connemmara/tb, or warmblood pony X will show up, but other than that there isn't much so trial and error might be my only way to find anything...if any of those breeds would be suitable
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        04-04-2009, 06:00 PM
    Just buy yourself a pair of roller skates, that way the length of your leg doesnt matter, and neither does your weight. Heheheh, jk of course.
    Unless you are attempting to ride a tiny, small boned pony, if you are balanced then your weight doesnt really matter. A short, petite rider would do more harm to a pony than a competant, balanced average sized person.
    You'll be fine, Im sure.
        04-04-2009, 06:09 PM
    Haha, thank xD I'm sure my family will get a kick out of the roller skate thing...that's probably the only one they haven't tried lol.
        04-04-2009, 06:15 PM
    Your height/weight really doesn't matter unless you are riding a mini pony. Lol. =]
    Horses aren't people.. they're much stronger than their size might make them appear.
    So yeah, a little pony can hold much more weight that you'd think, and unless being on small ponies bothers you, it shouldn't be a problem

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