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Equuestriaan 04-20-2009 10:17 PM

Pony too small for me?
Hey everyone. :-)

I have been saving up for a horse my whole life, and I'm hoping to make my dream come true once I'm able to drive and get a job. It's very, VERY unlikely that I will end up buying a pony before college, but I can't help but dream, right? :D

So there's this pony I really, REALLY want. He is currently with my old instructor's friend, but I talked to my old instructor and she said that if her friend ever wanted to sell him, she's take him back (they are both instructors, so they often swap lesson ponies). So, I know that he'll never be far away if I'm ever in a position to buy.

Anyways, I rode this pony for three years and we had the most amazing bond... like no other bond I've ever experienced with a horse. Sadly, I had to switch barns and haven't seen him since.

I'm 5 feet, 15 years old, and will probably grow no taller than 5'3''. I've had my growth spurt, so that's not the issue.

Ricky is 12.2 hands.

Now, in a rare hypothetical situation, again this is quite unlikely, if I did end up buying Ricky, I would take him to college with me.

Here are pictures of us:

So, I would like honest opinions. Do you think he's too small for me? He has never had issues in the past with carrying me, and we have jumped up to 2'9''. He has jumped 3 feet with riders taller than me.

The issue isn't if he'll still be a challenge... I know he will always be challenging for me. Trust me on that. :wink:

The issue also isn't what I'll do with him if I *DO* outgrow him. I'm sure my instructor would take him back.

The issue is his height. xD

Anyways, owning him has always been a dream of mine. An unrealistic dream, yes, but a dream nonetheless. And I know it may seem kinda pointless to be considering all this when it's highly unlikely, but I would still like opinions.

Thanks. :D

Ahsisi 04-21-2009 11:08 AM

You guys look really cute together, but I personally thikn you are a little big on him. Are you sure he is 12.2? That would make him a small pony, and he looks bigger than that. Your leg doesn't look bad, but your upper body looks pretty tall on him. I know it so hard to want a pony/horse that you have created such a good bond wth but that you don't really fit. I would say to wait and keep looking. If it is a possibility down the road, maybe you will come across another one that you get along well with. Good luck!

mls 04-21-2009 11:18 AM


Originally Posted by Ahsisi (Post 292795)
Your leg doesn't look bad, but your upper body looks pretty tall on him.

I agree.

HorseLove4ever 04-21-2009 11:38 AM

this is a tough desicion to make.
you dont look HUGE on him, but he is a little bit small.
i agree that your upper body does look a bit tall on him.
if you are sure you arent going to grow anymore, and you have a great bond with him, i say go for it.
hope i helped =]

Pinto Pony 04-22-2009 12:51 AM

Depends on what you want to do with him. Do you want a competition horse to move up on or do you want a best friend for fun? You are too tall to be competing seriously on him but you could definitely have a lot of fun on him at lower levels :D

I kept my pony, I could never sell him so have been stuck from moving up to higher level competition but I wouldn't trade it for the world because he is my best friend and I am always having so much fun with him. Though a little piece of me is sad that I never tested myself and moved up to a horse to showjump, ah well, maybe in my future, who knows :)

I am sure whatever you decide you will be happy.

charliBum 04-22-2009 01:27 AM

Tayz 04-22-2009 04:26 AM

mmm...I personally think you will outgrow him pretty fast and it would be a better idea for you to look for a bigger horse/pony.
It does depend on what you want to do with him.

Originally Posted by Ahsisi
Your leg doesn't look bad, but your upper body looks pretty tall on him.

I have to agree with him :)

morganshow11 04-22-2009 06:48 AM

I'm 5ft also, and i look for a good 14-16hh horse. Cuz if you want to be doing serious jumping, then i would look for a taller horse(they usually can jump higher)

Equuestriaan 04-22-2009 07:51 AM

Hmm. I only go to a few low-level shows a year now, although I used to show him on the B circuit. If I bought him I'd probably just take lessons on him and go out on the trails and stuff, with occasional shows. xD

ponyboy 04-22-2009 06:55 PM

I don't think you look too big, but if you take him to college how high will the jumps be there? (I assume you're talking about an equestrian program).

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