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post #11 of 21 Old 10-08-2013, 01:26 PM Thread Starter
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These were taken this morning.
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post #13 of 21 Old 10-08-2013, 02:01 PM
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Awwww...what a sweet face. Makes ya want to hug him.

Okay, OP. This is what jumps out at me, and I consider myself no expert.
Very tiny bones, weak pasterns (I'm sure someone will have a better description) and a very odd shaped (roached) back.. If you block off the head and shoulders in the second photo it almost looks like a goat's body. Under no circumstances would I be putting much weight on him especially if you are tall and on the heavier side. I would think it would be hard to fit him for a saddle. And in all honesty I can't say he will ever be able to be ridden except for a very light rider.
I would have a vet go over him for an honest opinion as to his structure and ability as to usefulness as a saddle horse. Maybe he could be a cart horse? I don't drive but I'm sure someone who does could offer advice here.
I see him as a wonderful pasture companion at this point. And that serves a very useful purpose to many. A kind and easy going nature means a lot.
Please take my opinion for what it is worth. I hope he improves with age for you but at age 3, well......
Looking at that face still makes me want to hug him though.
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post #14 of 21 Old 10-08-2013, 02:18 PM
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Im 6ft 265lb, and for a couple years my go to Field trial horse was a 14hh Paso (6-8hrs a day chasing dogs). I still use her but I have another horse that is better at the job. I doubt that you are too big. Ride your horse in short stints, say 15-20mins at a time. let your horse build up to you after a couple weeks, extend your time a little at a time. you will be fine.

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If this pony had a normal start in life I might agree that riding wouldn't hurt but those legs are really fine for the body weight he's carrying - do be careful OP as these pony breeds are very prone to laminitis/founder, you need to watch his waistline and control his diet
I am seeing a roach back too - could be from an old injury, a fault he was born with or related to his poor start in life
I would also get him checked over by a vet before riding him - its not going to be easy to fit a saddle comfortably on him either
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post #16 of 21 Old 10-08-2013, 03:49 PM Thread Starter
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He ha had the roaches back since I got him and ya it's hard to fit a saddle on him. I was gonna try to turn him into a cart horse but have no clue where to start or if he would be good for that? I don't mind him being a pasture ornament and I'm also teaching him tricks. He almost has biwing down!! He has tought himself a few tricks to like how to untie himself and how to get treats outtake pocket on his own!!
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post #17 of 21 Old 10-09-2013, 12:56 AM
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He looks maybe 14hh compared to the fencing and gate in the background, but if he wasn't near any of those objects, I would guess he's around 12hh. He looks very tiny and lacks maturity for his age. I would definitely give him at least another year to see what happens, but there could be a chance he could just aspire to be a lovable pet.

I got one of my mares in a similar situation: a skin and bones 2 year old (which takes effort because she's a Fjord). She's only 12.3hh and when I got her she was ~450lbs. After she started filling out and we had some decent groundwork established, I started her under saddle. She got about 3 months off because she wasn't mentally ready and she could fill out more. She's now almost 700lbs, but hasn't gained height a year later (she's 3 1/2 now).

I am 5'7" and about 120lbs. But she's a Fjord with much thicker bone than that little guy and very strong. She's been ridden for a few months and can pack me around for quite a while without issue.

He's a cute little ******, even if his body's a little all over the place.
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post #18 of 21 Old 10-09-2013, 01:07 AM
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He looks delicate, give him until next spring, there's no rush. I do have to agree though, very huggable.

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post #19 of 21 Old 10-09-2013, 01:18 AM Thread Starter
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He is very huggable and he knows it!! I don't really plan on ever riding him myself as I plan on getting a bigger horse more suited to me. I am hoping to be able to use him as a cart horse though soon as I find someone to help me with the training:). His legs almost look like tooth picks compared to the rest of his body which is why I have not wanted to back him. The also seem very weak. My uncle got on him and he weighs as much as me. He did this behind my back to try to prove to me that he was ready to be backed(my family is very opinionated and don't like to be told they are wrong). Well I come outta the house and see my uncle on him and about that time his front legs gave out. My uncle was lucky I didn't kill him!! I haven't put anyone on him since except for the young rider just once but even then he was only able to carry him for 20 minutes before his legs started to shake. Is there anything I can to to kinda help his legs strengthen or should I just let them strengthen on there own??

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If he self exercises I'd let him build up a little more on his own. Does he have other horses to run & play with along with a large enough area to do it in? If not and since he's still weak enough to get shaky, I'd do no more than walk him in hand until he builds up some strength. Make an obstacle course to keep some of the boredom away. Eventually work up to getting him into a trot for a minute or two at a time. Then saddle him up so that he's carrying the weight of the saddle without a rider. When he gets to the point he can walk further than you can, start ponying him from another horse.

He definitely does not need any weight on him at this point. Not only too much for him but a danger to the rider as well.

Good luck and thank you for caring enough to give him a home.
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