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horseeyfarmgrl16 06-27-2011 11:27 PM

riding shetland ponys
my neighbor has a Shetland pony. are we able to ride him?? he's 11 hands tall (and a bit rounder than he should be.......) neither of us are over 1hundred pounds. (and he wouldnt be ridden EVERY day,maybe 3-5 times a week... and bareback, so no saddle) thanks!!:D

blue eyed pony 06-28-2011 01:26 AM

Shetlands are very strong ponies! I see nothing wrong with an adult starting a Shetland and getting on for tune-up rides now and then but simply due to their small size you would probably prefer to ride something taller - taller horses/ponies usually have smoother, bigger movement because of their larger size. You CAN ride a Shetland, probably won't have any ill effects, but you'll probably find it uncomfortable.

faye 06-28-2011 01:41 AM


Originally Posted by blue eyed pony (Post 1078935)
Shetlands are very strong ponies!.

That only counts if they are proper shetland ponys, unfortunatly in the US they have changed the breed to such an extent that the vast majority are no longer registerable by the mother studbook (shetland pony society UK) or indeed recognisable as shetland ponies in the UK.

I've never seen an 11hh shetland. The breed standard in the UK is not to exceed 42" which is 10.2hh though it is quite rare to actualy get them right up to height.

Yes I have ridden a shetland as it was getting too big for its boots (common problem in shetlands, they think they rule the world) and was regularly bucking its child rider off, i'm 5ft 3, heavier then you and yes the little Sh*t gave me a very hard time.

horseeyfarmgrl16 06-28-2011 09:00 AM

we also ride her other horses.. and i was just making sure that we won't injure him. and he's about 1'' under 11 hands... i have NO idea if he's BRitish Shetland or American Shetland. thanks!!

LoveStory10 07-01-2011 09:56 AM

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There was a shetland pony at my barn, he was about 10 or 11 hands, I think 10... He was just sitting in the fields, and we knew that he'd been a good little ride in the past (he was 7 at the time), so my instructor's decided to train him back to where he had once been, and sell him as a children's pony.

I was the only "capable" rider (he tended to get very strong and pull towards the gate, and I'm used to horses like that) that was light enough to ride him.

This is him and me, his name is Shorty :lol:

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netty83 07-01-2011 12:16 PM

yes the little Sh*t gave me a very hard time.[/QUOTE]

that's the shetland for you! :lol:. very cheeky and naughty but most "get away with it" because they are small and cute. I have one that likes to try and rear as you let him go in the field every now and again he does actually manage it if i haven't been paying too much attention! they are adorable. Would love to see pics of what is known as the "shetland" in the US.

faye 07-01-2011 04:15 PM

musicalmarie1 07-01-2011 04:45 PM

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My mom does pony rides, and we have a variety of "grade" ponies-- none are registered, and only one even remotely resembles a shetland, but at every event there is at least one person who, trying to sound knowledgeable, says "So, are all these Shetland ponies?" and I just have to shake my head. They all have different builds and different heights. People in the US sometimes do't have a good grasp on what is a real Shetland pony.

That being said, most ponies in general are much stronger than you think. Maybe you could share a picture of him, and we'd get a better idea of what he is exactly.

horseeyfarmgrl16 07-02-2011 07:30 AM

those pics were soo cute! i dont have any pics right now, but ill take some, the next time i go over to her house. and he does think he rules the world :-)

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