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post #11 of 19 Old 08-15-2013, 08:26 PM
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I believe that you should not put more then 15% of the horses body weight on their back no matter how tall the person or horse is.
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post #12 of 19 Old 08-15-2013, 08:29 PM
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a little big, but if you are not going to be riding hard it should be okay. short rides .
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post #13 of 19 Old 08-15-2013, 08:35 PM
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I believe that you should not put more then 15% of the horses body weight on their back no matter how tall the person or horse is.
Doing that math, a lot of male riders would be SOL.

My last male boss was around 6'5, 230.

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post #14 of 19 Old 08-15-2013, 11:10 PM
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Doing that math, a lot of male riders would be SOL.

My last male boss was around 6'5, 230.

LOL he would need a horse to pull him in a cart or a draft horse
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post #15 of 19 Old 08-16-2013, 01:47 AM Thread Starter
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While Id like to ride her, because its the next step in her training, I think id be too worried over hurting her. And as she has trust / spook issues, I think a tense worried rider would be a bad idea.
Ive asked around, but can't find a rider, so my next idea is work a few more weeks on the ground only, and then try my daughter on her on leadline only. Daughter is keen, but if the horse spooks it might freak her out a little. Don't think she'd come off while on leadline, but might be upsetting for her, she looooves this pony! If I can't progress her myself, there are a couple of very good trainers not far away. I could save up and send her there for a few weeks if she needs it.
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post #16 of 19 Old 08-16-2013, 03:14 AM
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I believe that you should not put more then 15% of the horses body weight on their back no matter how tall the person or horse is.
That's a load of phoey, IMO

OP, have you looked through facebook groups / local forums? I ask because I recently found multiple FB groups in my area full of all the local horsey folks, you might be able to come up with someone who wants some saddle time and is willing to ride out the 'ponytude' as someone else put it. It would be safer than putting your daughter on, if she can't handle a spook.
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post #17 of 19 Old 08-16-2013, 10:00 AM Thread Starter
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Alexischristina, I don't know of any local forums, but I'm going to keep asking around among friends. We've had so much rain here this month that no one is out riding much. The riding school we go to has had it's arena flooded for the last three weeks :( The lady who is teaching my daughter is also a horse trainer, and is also only 5 ft tall. She has ridden Rose, but she is over 40mins drive away and has too many other horses in traing at the moment. (Think she's got 2 Shetlands, a pony and three horses at various stages from barely handled through to green that she's working on) Maybe I'm just being impatient :)
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Possibly! Ask around and see if anyone knows of any FB groups or forums as well. Or maybe even put up your OWN ad in feed / tack stores, etc? You might have to weed through a few not-so-helpful people, and make sure you ask for references, but it could be worth a shot.
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post #19 of 19 Old 08-16-2013, 03:37 PM
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I believe that you should not put more then 15% of the horses body weight on their back no matter how tall the person or horse is.
It greatly depends on the horse and their conformation. Some horses are better suited to carry weight than others.

Just as an example, both these horses would likely weigh somewhere around 900 pounds

This horse is probably taller, somewhere around 15 hands, but is much less suited to carry weight because of the long, weak back


Whereas this horse, with the short, strong back and large, well sprung barrel could easily carry a lot more weight than the first horse without issue...



There is a lot more to deciding how much a horse can carry rather than just looking at their weight/height. It all depends on their conformation and whether they are suited for weight carrying.

That second horse above, only being 14.3 and weighing maybe 900 pounds, she could carry more weight than some 16hh+ 1400 pound draft crosses I've seen.



ETA: Back to the OP, yes, I'd say you are too big for the pony. Is there maybe another smaller rider at your barn or nearby that would be willing to help with the training?

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