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post #11 of 14 Old 12-21-2014, 05:25 AM
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Yeah, to see you on that horse, if he's the 14.2hh, much better size & he's probably fine, if he's sound. Still looks a tad small under you in that pic, but I know how different angle pic can make things look... untrue.

Yes, western saddles have less padding underneath, but I'd be far more concerned about fit than padding - 2 foam English pads should be fine if it fits, but a western on a little horse like this, particularly under a fair size rider(for his size, not a judgement on you in the least) might not be the best - it needs to be clear of his shoulderblades *when leg extended* and not extend back past the last rib. English/Australian saddles are 'shorter' in relation to seat size & also often better on less broad shoulders & backs.
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haha yeah I'm not even that tall, yet I can make 15 hh horses look small. Maybe I just have long legs?

Anyway, thanks for the advice about saddle size, especially since I'm not that familiar with Western tack. I'm not sure of the exact size of his saddle, but it actually is pretty small and fits him well. The skirt in the back does reach his last rib, but it doesn't extend past it, and the seat itself is even shorter. And of course I always place his saddle farther back than I would an English saddle. :)
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post #13 of 14 Old 12-21-2014, 01:48 PM
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Yes, I wold say you are too big for her. I just sold a 12 hand pony and I am 5' 4" and I felt I was way big for him. How tall are you? Maybe you should have at least a 15 hand horse.
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post #14 of 14 Old 12-21-2014, 03:59 PM
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Agree. You're far too big.

12 hh is pretty tiny and she is NOT stocky for her size.

I don't find her pack history super relevant tbh. It's different.

She also does not look happy in that picture.

I would suggest not riding her period. An hour is a lot and includes trotting and cantering. Even that picture makes me cringe.

Now don't get me wrong you are NOT a heavy rider and look very proportional and in shape but at 12hh you really need a TINY adult or child. I'm far shorter then you and feel awkward on a 12.2hh stockier pony though I only rode her briefly for schooling purposes and she was fine.

Now the other horse is on the small side and you are to big for him in the traditional sense (you would look more suitable on a bigger horse) yet you are obviously not at all too heavy or tall to the point of being awkward on him.

If you want to get the pony in shape pony her (sorry..unavoidable pun!). Please don't ride her.

Have fun with Napoleon he's cute!

If you're ever looking for your own horse I'd recommend 15.2 or so.
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