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post #1 of 8 Old 05-11-2014, 10:25 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Little pony ?

I've had my 13hh pony all my life. He is not the chunky kind of welsh cob tho .
I'm 14years old ( same as my pony as I had him since I was born ) I'm around 5.3ft. I'm not super skinny either but not overweight. I will be getting a new horse either towards the end of this year / next year.
For the time being I ride bareback and in the saddle
Am I hurting him ?
He seems to gallop well still and jumps most of the time unless he's feeling lazy

My heels no-longer touch his sides

What can I do
(Ps we will never sell him )

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post #2 of 8 Old 05-11-2014, 11:13 AM
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I doubt very much if you are harming him. Ponies are tough, quite capable of carrying more weight than most think.

When I was younger and weighed about 140 lbs, I often hunted 13.2 ponies. They would have been carrying possibly another 30+ lbs with saddle and my hunting gear. I never had any need to hang back and they were usually still pulling at the end of the day - 4/5 hrs later!
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Originally Posted by Showjumper26 View Post
What can I do
(Ps we will never sell him )
I'm not clear on the question.
I would think you could continue to ride as long as weight isn't an issue.
Has the pony been trained to drive?

He sounds like a gem of a pony and a lucky one to have a forever home.
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post #4 of 8 Old 05-11-2014, 02:35 PM
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As the others have said, she will be fine. People don't realize it, but most ponies were developed as work animals, not pets for kids.
Just a thought, but my sons also have a gem of a pony. My youngest is 2 now and just beginning to really ride. We have bred her to a very nice stallion Nd unfortunately, she had a stillborn filly. We will likely breed her again, as there should be more ponies like Ladybug in this world. It has also been understood from the start that when my boys are old enough, we will bless another family with her and allow more kids to learn to ride on a GOOD one.
I know that it's easy to get attached, but it's truly a shame to let really nice horses go to waste. Just a thought, not a judgement. If we did give her up, I'd darn sure be keeping tabs on her!
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I have had many brilliant ponies in the past and have been very reluctant to actually sell them so, would lease them to friends.

They earned me more than if I sold them over the years!

The last one was an ex top show pony. He was in his teens when I got him. When my nieces had outgrown him I gave him to a friend for her daughter, then two. He moved to Eire with them and taught her two children to ride. He still went hunting (fox) until he was 38. He finally suffered a bad bought of pneumonia, got over that but it returned a couple of months later and he did not want to fight it so, he is buried in their field in Eire.

One little Welsh mare I had out on lease was carrying her rider, aged about 7, out hunting. There was a big ditch across the field and she didn't want to jump it. Her father stopped his horse, lifted the girl off the pony onto his horse in front of him, they jumped the ditch leading the pony. Stopped, dumped the girl back on board and continued as it if it were the norm!
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Thanks for all the replies ever :)
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post #8 of 8 Old 05-12-2014, 12:17 PM
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I post this pic in every thread I see that people are worried about ponies handling their riders...

Meet Lily, a 13.2hh 900lb (fatty right now) grade Welsh who has not an issue in the world with me riding her as hard as I'm in the mood for that day. I'm 5'9" and between 145-155 lbs depending on the season/year. The only issue we have related to the size issue is I have have to be careful not to get in her way/over balance when we're making tight turns and the like.

I have a 15.3hh 1300lb QH that is more of a wuss about his rider's weight than Lily is by far.
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