Okay so my friend recently bought a pony, he is 13.2 and very stalky (haflinger/QH). My friend is 5"2 and not too heavy but not skinny either. Anyway the goal has always been to teach him to jump, he's very green right now, but can jump about 2 foot vertical. My coach found out and says we're going to cripple him because he's too small?? I don't understand. At my old barn there was a 13.2hh lesson pony who looked identical to her pony, he was 25 and still jumping. And he was ridden by everyone! Tall people, heavy people and they all jumped him like 3 feet. He's been jumping for like ever, and he's still sound. Is there any truth to what my instructor is saying? He's green but has lots of muscles, from spending lots of time on hills, cantering, and long and low trotting exercises and poles. He also always wears some sort of protective leg wear and he gets a joint supplement for prevention.
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