Pushing the Pony too far?

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    07-26-2009, 07:07 AM
Pushing the Pony too far?

I have a friend whose Pony is 14.2 hands, I am unsure of her breed. She has been jumping for a long time, and has been with my friend for quite a few years. My friends is about 14 years old, I recently I've noticed she's probably getting a bit big for this pony. The Pony jumps 1.15 spreads? I think they're called.

Now I don't know much about jumping, but I feel the pony is being pushed a bit far. She's only 14.2 hands, her rider is a little too big for her and at 1.15 jumps? I was just wondering what you guys thought?

Thanks in advance!
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    07-26-2009, 08:10 AM
Hmm, is that in meters? 1.15? That would be 3 foot 3 inches? I don't think that is too much for a normal healthy large pony at all. As for being too big, how big is the person in question? Any small/med size adult should be able to ride a large pony w/o issue as long as they aren't too heavy. There are so many factors such as how old is the pony, how much work have they done, do they have any leg issues, etc.

For the most part though a 14.2 pony should be able to jump that high with a reasonably sized rider. Of course any excessive jumping is bad for any horse/pony.
    07-26-2009, 08:33 AM
Sorry I don't really know that much about the pony. My friend is pretty averagly built, but she's starting now to look too big for her. The pony is likely about 11 years old if I remember, and she has been jumping for about 4 or 5 years? No leg issues as far as I know. Thanks for the quick reply! She uses her in ALOT of competitions, so I just thought she might be pushing her a bit to hard.
    07-26-2009, 12:27 PM
I don't know since I haven't seen the pony in person... but maybe the pony is in better shape because she uses him so much?

If it was a pony that wasn't ridden for a month then was used for shows week after week for the following month... I would be a bit worried.

14.2 hh isn't that small imo. I've seen 6'2" guys use horses that are like 14 hh which I think is a bit too much... but 14.2 is hovering on that 'its okay' line I would think.
    07-27-2009, 04:42 AM
Ok thanks! Im just such a big softie for these beautiful creatures. I would hate to see thsi beautiful Pony's good trusting nature for her rider abused by pushign her ver jumps that she can't handle. But yeah, she has been doign them for a logn time, and seems to enjyo them. But soon I think there will be a point that her rider wil become much too big for her.
    07-27-2009, 04:56 AM
1.15m = 3'9" I believe.
Here in the US, "A" circuit pony jumpers is 3'3" (1m) for large ponies. Depending on the pony's skill 3'9" really might not be that hard. For instance my 14.1 pony free jumps 4'9" (1.45m) and is a skilled and careful jumper. He knows how to use his body. I have jumped him 3'9" myself, but that is as high as we have gone, because that is as high as I am functional over at the moment. He can go higher.

That's him free jumping 4'3" (1.30).

People often underestimate ponies due to their size, but I prefer riding a skilled pony to a horse. I like the heart that comes in their small packages. You just have to remember ponies like Teddy O'Connor and the lesser known Stroller (only pony to jump in the olympics).
    07-27-2009, 08:40 AM
Ok thansk upside down, your pony is quite skilled!

Makes me feel alot better abot uthe situation. I know she loves her pony, but I just didnt want her to put her love for jumping and need for competitions over the horses ability
    07-27-2009, 10:13 AM
My friend is 17 and she has a 13.2hh paso fino that can jump(with her on him back) 4'3''
    07-27-2009, 04:52 PM
I had a 14.3H QH arab cross I never did large jumps or any shows with him but we did some fun cross rails at home and did some decent distance riding. We rode 10+ miles at trail comps and I'm 5'8" and about... I was to say 200lbs or 210lbs at the time.

Don't ask me what I am wearing LOL this was about 3+ years ago.
    07-27-2009, 06:20 PM
Stroller was 14.2 and did the Grand Prix, height isn't the issue always, as long as the pony is sound and happy about it, it is fine. We had a jumper pony that was 14.2, and he jumped those heights. Ponies even tend to stay sounder and jump bigger for longer than horses.

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