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post #1 of 8 Old 12-22-2013, 03:46 PM Thread Starter
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Pony to rider height/weight

I have a friend who come spring wants me to help exercise her pony. I don't know how old is he or his breed, but he's 13hh. I'm 5'9" and weigh 130 lbs. Do you think he'll be able to carry me ok?
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post #2 of 8 Old 12-23-2013, 05:03 AM
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If he's a chunky type it will likely be okay. If he's very fine you might be too heavy.
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post #3 of 8 Old 12-23-2013, 09:16 AM
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It also depends on your skill. Experienced riders tend to carry themselves better, and are therefore less strenuous.
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You didn't mention what kind of riding, or what your expectations are.... I think you'll be fine...start slow....take a few short rides at a walk first and see how it goes....

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I think for a few rides it's fine. Kids ponies tend to do better (IMHO) being started by an adult rider and having a few refreshers now and again. It also depends on your experience as an above poster said, experienced riders carry themselves better in most cases, thus distributing weight and aids more correctly.

Depends on pony size too. I have owned my pony for 10 years and thankfully stayed the same height/weight since I got her (I finished growing quite young). She's 13.2h and stocky. I am 5'1 1/2", 100lbs soaking wet. The smallest pony I have ridden was 12.3h, but he was also fairly stocky so I fit him fine. If the pony were any less stocky I wouldn't ride anything under 13h/12.3h on a regular basis - as in I wouldn't do more than a few schooling rides for pony.
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post #7 of 8 Old 12-24-2013, 01:53 PM
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My wife is 5'2" and 130 lbs, and our mustang pony is 13 hands. The weight is not a problem for him. His legs are almost as thick as my 15.2 mare's.



At 5'8" & 180, I've ridden him, but I honestly think it is a bit unfair. To me too, since the saddle that fits him does not fit me...



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