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        01-20-2009, 11:04 PM
    Green Broke
    There are definitely benefits to being our size! I may not have the leg to ride some of the giant warmbloods effectively but at least I get to ride some pretty cute ponies! I don't think there's necessarily a strict size limit of what you could or could not ride. So much of it depends on their build. As I said, it's actually difficult to ride something that is too small. I tried a pony to buy last week that was 13h but he was an absolute TANK! He felt like a 15.2 horse I ride just closer to the ground! But I worked with a 13 h pony that was narrow as a board and there was nothing to put my leg on. The first time he started his rearing and whirling "trick" I fell off. A pony I have currently in training is 12.2 and not too hard to ride. He's a pretty round guy. As far as if he would be able to physically carry you... he might be, esp if he had a more sturdy build. I know a trainer about your size who does training rides on her small ponies and they are all fine! Plus, you see all those giant cowboys riding around on their tiny cowhorses. So if you follow the 20% weight rule, at your heaviest you could ride something around 700 lbs.

    Just wondering, what discipline are you interested in working in?
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        01-20-2009, 11:21 PM
    My main Discipline is Dressage, but I also enjoy quite a bit of trail riding and I plan to teach me future students trail riding skills. I've never done any jumping before but I'm keen on learning. But primarily I'm a student of Dressage so any horse I train would have it's base there.

        01-20-2009, 11:50 PM
    Green Broke
    Are ponies popular in the dressage world? I've heard no but I guess kids need to start with something!

    The reason I ask is that if you decide to buy/sell retraining projects that will eventually be hunter ponies you will want to take notice of size. They are catagorized into small (up to 12.2), medium (12.3-13.2), and large (13.3-14.2) and the ponies that are on the smaller end of their category don't resell well. So generally a 13.2 (large medium) pony is much more easily resold then a 12.3 (small medium).
        01-20-2009, 11:59 PM
    You don't generally see small ponies go too far in Dressage, but some of the larger ones do very well (14hh range). Kids show ponies in Dressage though so that's one reason I want to have them. Kids do have to start somewhere so I want some really well trained ponies so they can learn right at a young age and not have to wait until they are big enough to ride a horse. Does that make sense?

        01-21-2009, 05:53 AM
    Im a really treat animals how you want to be treated & well... I love Parelli :) its great with lil ponies, you can get up to levels were you can teach them trick sort of stuff. Google it just type in Parelli or parelli natural horsemanship
        01-22-2009, 06:16 PM
    Green Broke
    Actually it makes a lot of sense! Of all of my students about 75% are little girls from 8-13 years old. All able to ride ponies. There SHOULD be more ponies out there if you think about it! (or am I biased to think so? :) ) The reason I was asking about dressage is because I showed one of my ponies dressage for a season and while he got tons and tons of compliments no one wanted to buy him. They all said that dressage ponies aren't very popular here and that most kids want to buy a horse. But the dressage world around here is largely made up of women in their more elder years. :)
        01-22-2009, 07:07 PM
    Not meaning to sound like a stocker, but where do you live (don't tell me what town, just the state or region). I think a lot of it has to do with the area you are in. I'm actually really new to Dressage and haven't shown in it yet, but I will this coming year. I haven't been around Dressage long enough to see what is popular and what's not.

    I'm slightly more inclined towards the larger cob type ponies, though you don't see them a lot in my area. They are just so versatile and hardy. Many can even carry full grown adults, they are my favorites to ride. They don't really relate to this topic though because really I would have no trouble at all training a pony like that, they are just my perfect size. But still, people do still want and need ponies, and I think that if I could really train GOOD ponies and work to promote them I wouldn't have trouble selling them.

        01-22-2009, 11:03 PM
    Green Broke
    Lol, it's ok, I don't think you're a stalker. :) i'm in northeast oklahoma and yes, location completely matters! I've been told by a lot of people that dressage just isn't that popular around here, esp with kids. Most of the english barns we have are huge hunter/jumper barns with tons of kids who all hang out. Most of the dressage barns are smaller privately owned with a bunch of older women who, I don't know, drink tea? :)
        01-22-2009, 11:05 PM
    Green Broke
    I agree, larger cob types are very cute!! I don't see a lot of them either but I think it's more that i'm completely immersed in the hunter world and most cobs don't have the hunter type movement. I don't know if i'm being naive, but I think that there should always be some sort of need for good ponies since our sport is so saturated in little girls! Plus the good ones are hard to find!
        01-24-2009, 07:58 AM
    When I was a teenager I helped my instructor break ponies. I was small and light but a very good rider at the time. I think most sturdy welsh/cross. Etc are about 700-800 lbs which means they can carry 150 lbs. I think that is a pretty good stopping point (150 lbs) It does very much depend on the build of the pony, their age, bone structure, etc. But I am 5'4 137 lbs and ride a 13 hand pony on a regular basis. He is a morgan cross, very stout and sturdy and its not issue at all. I am also trying to retrain a 12 hand welsh mare and she doesn't seem to have any issue carrying me.

    For the really little ones (under 12 hands) it would be good to have an advanced kid rider to assist.

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