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    07-26-2012, 11:48 AM
Originally Posted by faye    
^^^The woman is an idiot who hasnt got a clue
If she wasn't so dangerous, is watch the splint boot one, she would be really funny, this is my favorite though, closely followed by stopping from the hand gallop
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    07-26-2012, 12:03 PM
Green Broke
What is a hand gallop? I think this may be a term that is lost in translation
    07-26-2012, 12:10 PM
LOL, you'll love this

: a fast pace in horseback riding between a canter and a gallop : a very fast easy canter : a moderate gallop

So that will be a 3.5 time pace then,

Unless you prefer Sarahs, standing up in the stirrups at barely more than a WP canter makes it a hand gallop
    07-26-2012, 05:21 PM
Oh good old Sarah Stetner...
    07-26-2012, 09:02 PM
I am an adult that rides a pony I am 5 ft 6 and ride a 13.2 fell pony:) its great fun nearer to the ground should you fall off or want to mount,Cheaper to keep.

wild old thing likes this.
    07-29-2012, 04:12 PM
I think this is a hard question to ask on a forum. You will know if the horse is able to handle you when you ride it. Just trust your gut and instincts and don't try to force anything. Also if you feel a horse is too small for you when you are standing next to it, then chances are you will feel the same when you are on it.

I fluctuate between 190 and 220 at 5'2" and my 'pony' is a 14hh Arab / pony of America cross, and she had no issues carrying me for 7 years, and I'm not talking about an hour ride in a riding ring, I'm talking about hours out on trails (in the mountains, fields, hill country, etc.) at a time sometimes twice a day. She is now retired to pasture on my parents farm because hubby and I are military and can't take her with, otherwise we'd still be riding no problem.

So I really feel like this is a thing that can't be accurately discussed online, because you'll get a range of opinions and even a few harsh comments. I know if I asked if I could ride an Arab/POA cross that stood at 14hh at my current weight of 220lbs I'd be told no by 98% of the people who responded; and even now if asked for an opinion I'd probably get told I was killing my horse. But time tells and my pony never showed strain, pain, discomfort, nothing. In fact she would perk up and be excited to hit the trails with me on her and we had tons of fun at all speeds in all terrain and even over natural jumps.
Fellpony and wild old thing like this.
    07-29-2012, 08:31 PM
My horse/pony is 14hh at the moment. However, she turned 3 in April so she may grow slightly still? Parents were both horses. I think how much weight a horse can carry varies. I think you need to look at the bone structure and if if it is a 'stocky' horse. I also think the shorter ones are better since they have larger bones maybe? My horse/pony has draft I am told anyway. She has a nice stocky build. I am comfortable riding her at 5'2" and 180lbs. I only trail ride and don't jump or anything fancy. She seems to hold up fine to me and I have always refused to ride a horse that made me feel that I was too big for it. Also, some horses have very little withers and some have measuring at the withers to me is kind of odd....even though that is how it is done. I horse with highter withers can have a lower back compared to a horse with no withers being taller at the back...which is where the saddle is....making the other horse seem shorter...but since the withers are higher, the horse it taller. How would the horse react if I was too big? She always seems happy and willing to do anything I ask.

    07-29-2012, 09:09 PM
I am 5'6" and weigh 140. I use a wintec dressage to ride my 13.2 pony to 'tune him up' from time to time for my young girls, but I do not ride him regularly. He is a half Welsh (the paint in my horses tab under my avatar) and can do all three gaits with me, but I would never ask him to carry me on a regular basis. Even tho I am lighter than some of the other ladies riding ponies here and am a good rider, I am taller and can tell that my taller frame throws him off balance a bit. Don't know what good that info will do for you, but all info can be helpful at some point.

The roan pony in question is super cute and I would take her home in a heartbeat and teach her to drive my cart (that's what my pony does for me). I agree with the others - a picture is worth a thousand words - so send us some!!
    07-30-2012, 12:22 AM
If the gate behind her head is made of 2x6's (approximately), then the stall wall is about 4' tall. That would put her at somewhere around 12 hands. Is that right? There's a huge difference between 14.2 and 12 something!!

But she is super sweet looking!!!
    07-30-2012, 12:38 AM
Foal that "shin" splint boot for real?? That was crazy! I'm no expert...and I was looking at her asking myself...really?? Is this a joke???

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