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post #11 of 32 Old 07-23-2012, 02:27 PM
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ROLF, a hand is certainly 4" and you measure to the top of the wither, and everyone agrees on that, but still one of the very frustrating things about horse buying is that people never know how tall their horses are. Often it doesn't really matter, but it can be a huge difference and you can waste a lot of time looking at unsuitable horses.

I have a measuring stick here, but I seem to measure small, Ben is supposed to be 17HH but I can't get him over 16.2hh.

People who came to look at Bert kept thinking that she must be around 17hh well no I cant get her over 16'1 no matter how I measure. 16.1hh of G Man I can only get to 15.2 and maybe a little bit...

LOL I have to agree that the pony you pictured does not look 14hh, but she sure is cute
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post #12 of 32 Old 07-24-2012, 10:02 AM
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You are too heavy to be riding her. She is not going to hold up to it.

And you would be better off with stocky QH around 15 hands or so, and I mean one of the old bulldog type for you to ride.

Like it or not, close to 200 lbs is what you are, add saddle to that, and quite a bit of weight. I know, I weigh 212, and I do own a chunky monkey to ride.

With western saddle, you are looking at about 220, give or take which would mean you should be looking for horse that is around 1100 or better, plus need to look at bone structure too.

While you aren't tall, the amount of weight you carry will really throw your balance off, especially on smaller mount.

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post #13 of 32 Old 07-24-2012, 05:51 PM
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????? How can you tell that she wont cope with it? I would like to see some more context and horse and rider together.

If she was indeed top side of 14hh I can see her carrying you OK for short rides, if she is as small as she looks, maybe not so good.

I would say we really can't tell from that pic.
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I`m thinking she does look smaller than 14 hh; it would be nice to see a person standing next to her for comparison. I`m also thinking those legs are not quite sturdy enough for carrying weight for extended periods over natural terrain (ie riding out on trails, etc). Otherwise, she`s a smart looking one.
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post #15 of 32 Old 07-25-2012, 02:41 AM
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Generally horses are pretty tough. I would say it depends on the pony. I'm not sure that I'd agree that, say, a Welsh would be a good match.
Depends if it is a true to type welsh or a crappy one that was bred for the american market and has got no bone and no brains.
This is a proper section C and is up to carrying weight
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post #16 of 32 Old 07-25-2012, 09:12 AM
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Here is a picture.
I do not see the bone structure of a workhorse Pony breed, also do not see that horse actually being over 14 hands, look at the 48" or less height of the plywood on the stalls, I think 190-200 lbs would be a little heavy for that Horse.


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post #17 of 32 Old 07-25-2012, 09:48 AM
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I think the biggest reason people have trouble with measuring is lack of level, tbh. My BO sticked my mare at 15.3hh and there is NO WAY IN HELL. He used a measuring cane and it was leaning - I have seen a few measures with levels on the top so when you are measuring at the withers, you make sure the bubble is in the right spot and THAT is your accurate measurement. I don't give much credit to any other measurement.

If you are bent on a pony type, look for something with fjord or haflinger influence, they are stocky little chunks that tend to be good for this kind of a scenario. You do NOT need to have a tall horse to support your weight. (in my world, 15hh is tall, lol)
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post #18 of 32 Old 07-26-2012, 12:55 AM
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I FOUND IT!!!! Well someone else did, but it meant I could share it.

The reason why people have difficulty measuring horses

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^^^The woman is an idiot who hasnt got a clue
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post #20 of 32 Old 07-26-2012, 07:39 AM
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^^^The woman is an idiot who hasnt got a clue
So true, I always use my toes, much more accurate


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