Too big for my horse?!?
When we were choosing our Gypsies we wanted them on the smaller side. Both our mare and our stallion are 13.2hh. I know they grow until 5 years old so Lily may reach 14h, and I think Pony Boy will top out at 13.3h. We had went out to a Gypsy farm near by and I pointed out a mare that I felt was a good size. She was 13.3h and that seemed like a nice sturdy size. However, I've been reading quite a bit saying that is too small for my weight. I'm 5'5", 200lbs (though I'm working on it; having a baby takes a lot out of ya, but adds a lot on ya). I wear my weight well (most people don't think I look my weight); I guess it's just evenly distributed about my body. Great for current looks, but sucks for trying to lose weight. I plan to only ride bareback for a while and start out slow to get the feel for riding such wide horses. Should I have gone bigger or is it okay since they are draft-like horses? Should I limit my riding until I have reached a certain weight?
Here is a picture of Lily and the guy who was doing her training. He doesn't particularly seem like a small man, but maybe it's just because she's a small horse.
How old is Lily?
She's a few months short of 3 years.
I am always puzzled by pictures of people sitting in ridiculous positions on a horse (or, better still, crawling about UNDER the horse) as some sort of selling point as to the training level of the horse *shrugs*
I am 240lbs and my ponies are a 13.2 hh and 13.3 chunky fells. I am currently not riding till I lose a few stone though.
These gypsy ponies are extremely strong weight carrying breed. They will be fine with your weight. They are made for that workload.providing they have plenty of bone I wouldn't worry to much.
The black mare is 13.2 hh and the grey gelding is 13.3hh
Fellpony, your ponies are adorable! Specially love your gelding's face in that pic!
Whenever I had visited the Gypsy farm a few towns over and saw their little mare, there was absolutely nothing that made me think that she wouldn't have been able to carry me. I guess I just started reading so much, even including about Gypsies, that I forgot to use commonsense. The horses will just be used for light pleasure riding (and hopefully some parade work) until I get some more weight off. After that, I hope to show my stallion. :)
She's cute STG! I've met a few gypsies in real life but never one of pony stature, adorable! I don't think you are too big for her at all. While not now, I have been 200 lbs, even when I was I frequently rode a student's haffie mare. She took up enough of my leg for my cues to be efficient and certainly had the bone structure to handle the weight.
For me the biggest factor in judging if a rider is too heavy (after horse stature) is HOW they ride. I'd rather see a 200 lb well balanced, good rider than a 120 lb sack of potatoes flopping around and the horse would appreciate it more too. Dynasty is only 14.1, about 980 lbs, my hubby weighs 220 and rides him with no problem. Had a toothpick of a friend (she's 5'9" and 110 lbs soaking wet) ride him and it didn't go as well as she had not rode before and was constantly shifting weight & trying to maintain balance. He didn't misbehave but was quite confused as he assumed every time she shifted her weight he should respond with the movement I'd expect of him with planned subtle weight shifts.
Fell - I'm still waiting for you to ship Eva Diva to me :wink:
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