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post #1 of 19 Old 08-14-2013, 02:28 AM Thread Starter
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Am I too fat to get one this horse? LOL

Okay, so we have a pony we are training for my daughter to ride, eventually. Daughter is not at a level were she can handle the pony yet and pony needs more saddle time. (and she's getting tubby LOL)

My father in law, who is very old school, reckons I should ride her.

Now, I think I am WAY too heavy to get on this pony, even just to walk her around the paddock.

Pony is 13hh Australian Riding Pony x Welsh. She is average build, not stocky.

I am (and I'm hoping I've converted this right) 5ft10in (178cm) tall and 220lb (100kgs, yes I'm tubby too )

Honest opinions please! I think I'd hurt the pony, what do you think?
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post #2 of 19 Old 08-14-2013, 05:13 AM
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to be honest...yes.
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post #3 of 19 Old 08-14-2013, 05:39 AM Thread Starter
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Honest is good color01 :)
Its exactly what I thought!
Poor pony... Looks like I'll need a different rider, whats the max weight you'd all recommend for a pony this size?
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post #4 of 19 Old 08-14-2013, 05:55 AM
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Is she a fine cross? Or slightly stockier?
Depends on her build as well I would say, but maybe around 50-70kg? Depending on how they rode?

I've gotten on my friends 13hh aust riding pony and she hold me fine, I look absolutely stupid riding her though lol, I'm about 170cm and weigh about 65kgs
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Honest is good color01 :)
Its exactly what I thought!
Poor pony... Looks like I'll need a different rider, whats the max weight you'd all recommend for a pony this size?
I think around 160lbs-170lbs max.
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post #6 of 19 Old 08-14-2013, 07:14 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys, I haven't weighed 70kg since I was 18 yrs old, so 20 yrs ago, so I'll ask around friends for a rider.
RedTree, I'd say she's a fine cross, not stocky. I've got a picture of her in my profile if you'd like to offer an opinion. :)
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post #7 of 19 Old 08-14-2013, 08:15 AM
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Pretty girl!

But I would say that you would be. However there are bound to be plenty of teenybops that would love to come and ride!
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post #8 of 19 Old 08-14-2013, 08:42 AM
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I'd have to agree. 220 lb is pushing it, especially when you add tack on top of it. You can always do lots of ground work with the pony. That goes a long way.
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post #9 of 19 Old 08-14-2013, 10:02 AM Thread Starter
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We've been doing heaps of ground work as she tends to spook and needs to trust her rider/ leader. She's 13yrs old but wasn't handled till she was 7, so she missed out on a lot of early work. So she's a greenish pony in a middle aged body! She was great with the teenager that had her before but she's still working out how far she can trust us.

Took her for a walk today round the farm for about an hour. She was good, didn't spook but was stressed out by a few things, gobbling turkey, sheep we thought was dead that suddenly leapt up and ran off LOL, big machinery, walking on a concrete floor etc. but she just breathed in a stressed way and looked to me to give direction rather than reacting. Only thing that had her freaked was three kangaroos that hopped off in the trees as we came close. That had her prancing about a bit but I redirected her energy into circling, reversing etc and she got a grip pretty quick.

We still have a lot of groundwork we can do, but I think exercise under saddle would help. I just have to find a rider :)
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post #10 of 19 Old 08-14-2013, 04:30 PM
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I have a pony for the grandkids, about 12 hands, 500 or so pounds. The kids who ride him are 70lbs and under, however I let my oldest grandson school him occasionally when he develops ponytude.. He weighs 140 lbs..would be max I would allow on him..

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