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post #1 of 40 Old 09-14-2014, 05:41 PM Thread Starter
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Am I too Heavy for him now?

I had a baby 6mos ago and gained weight while pregnant and now that I have had the baby, I have lost all the baby weight but I have so much extra skin and still feel super fat and heavy now. I am afraid I weigh too much for my pony. So I need to decide, even though I love this guy and we work well together for simple trail riding, as that's all I want to do, or do I sell him and try to buy something bigger and stronger?

Now his muscle tone isn't where it should be because as I said, I had a baby 6 mos ago and he sat since before I got pregnant while I under went fertility treatments. He sat about 1 year and a half and well pretty much so did I. We are working to tone up and I am working to lose weight but thanks to hormone imbalance, it will take a good year or two of eating close to nothing, atleast that's how I feel lol I am a steak and potatoes kinda girl and I am trying to eat salads... YUCK!

Anyway, here is the video, maybe some one can be the blunt one and just say, yes you are too fat or no your not too fat... Be Honest people!!

PS: It's a video and takes a minute for me to mount back up and get moving.

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post #2 of 40 Old 09-14-2014, 06:00 PM
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It's hard to tell from the video. Can you weight tape him, how much does he weigh? What is his breed? How much do you weigh (if you don't mind posting) and how tall are you? Is he fine built or stocky?
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post #3 of 40 Old 09-14-2014, 06:03 PM Thread Starter
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I was told he was 13.3 hands and a hackney pony. I don't have a tape to measure him, unless a regular tape measure worked somehow. I am 4'10" and weigh 187lbs.
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Hackneys are typically lighter breeds, but your pony looks a bit stout in the legs. His topline needs muscle, though.

Personally, I am 150 and 5'8", and ride a 14.3hh Arabian mare when I'm not riding my Thoroughbred. She's overweight, not built fine nor sturdy, just sort of in the middle. I don't fit her height-wise, but I've had people say she's big enough to hold my weight.
Your pony can support you height-wise just fine, I think. To be 100% honest, I think he needs some more muscling to carry 187 pounds. With a more constructed topline, I think he can carry you just fine, but he needs that muscle.

No, I'm not saying you're fat. I'm just saying he's a very little pony! :p

PS:: Please note that to get an accurate call, one should know his exact weight and see him in person. I'm basing this off heights and pictures. I could be as accurate as a six year old with a shotgun with my estimate, so PLEASE take my advice with a grain of salt.

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You look a little big for him IMO. However your weight isn't going to be what is the deciding factor.

I know this was a thread made for weight and not a riding critique, so I won't say much but you aren't doing him any favors with how you are riding. There is tension everywhere, causing a hollow back and a high head. I think you're trying to get his head down by your hand position but it isn't helping matters as you are locked up through your elbows and shoulders and only adding to his tension as well as putting more weight on his forehand with your straight arms which is causing you to tip forward. Riding like that would cause him to get a sore back whether the rider is 100 or 300 lbs( i'm not saying you are at all! I'm just pulling a random number to say that there's more to it than weight).

If you change a few things in your riding and bring him along slowly as you condition both yourself and him, I think he will be able to carry you just fine.
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post #6 of 40 Old 09-14-2014, 08:27 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the replies everyone! I am still a beginner rider and although my son is 6mos, I have only been back in the saddle a little under a month now so I'm rusty and my joints haven't loosen up yet! :) Plus the video is hard to see but he is pulling in alot so I was trying to push him with my legs and use the reins to keep him over, again being a beginner it is a mess! lol I am working with a trainer for both of us though.
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I agree with xJumperx. I think that once he gets back in shape and develops muscle, you two will be a good match weight wise.
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post #8 of 40 Old 09-18-2014, 07:32 PM Thread Starter
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So I just weighed him using a tape... 600lbs and I measured his hieght... 12.3h!!!

He was suppose to be taller than that!

So what does everyone think now? Too heavy of a rider?
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Yes. I think that you are too large for the pony. Weight aside, this pony should be ridden by small children, not an adult.
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Train him to drive and buy a regular height horse! Then you can keep him and still enjoy him. A horse can pull 4x what he can carry, and should you decide to sell him later he will be more marketable as both a riding and driving pony. You are not tall, and most people "outgrow" the 14'2hh horses that many begin riding, so there is a good availability of that sized horse. I had to buy my 16'3hh KMH bc my DH is 6'5" tall and looks kinda too big on a 15'2hh horse. You, fortunately don't have that problem.
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