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post #31 of 90 Old 09-11-2015, 01:18 PM
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Speaking as someone who isn't very tall but had to ride very big horses in my job it was way easier for the horses that I was 'perched' on top of to eject me than it was for the smaller one's that I had plenty of leg on.
She doesn't look that small on that horse though and if she likes him, he can do the job and she isn't interested in competing in any sort of pony classes then why not

The German children may have once had to ride taller WB's but they've spent the past 40 years perfecting the German Sport pony which is like a miniature WB so their children can compete in European pony classes and now also becoming popular in the US for children here to compete in FEI pony classes
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Very interesting Jaydee... around here, I don't even think classes are divided up into ponies vs horses, just ages and levels. But what do I know :)

And yes, I agree, being perched up high is a good way to fall - and you fall from a lot higher! That's why I like 15 hh. My BO advised that if she wants to compete, she should aim for around 15.2. 15 is on the low side, but perfect for us shorties. I would be a bit nervous letting her jump on a 16 h + horse, but lots of people do it here.

Honestly, I don't really care for the pony temperament. I'm sure some of you will disagree strongly and I'm sure there are terrific ponies around there, but all the ponies we've had her on, including one we leased, have been cantankerous and stubborn. I like this horse's temperament because he's got the level-headedness of the QH with the inquisitiveness and intelligence of an Arab. That may get him in trouble (ie, he's an escape artist), but it makes him a quick learner and a fun horse to be around! For his age, I'd say he's doing well to be a steady as he is.
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NB seems to give a good reference for the seller so I'm sure he'll work out fine

I had some amazing ponies and so did my children so would have to disagree on temperament!!!
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At the risk of boring everyone to tears, this is how he holds his head at a relaxed walk.
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NB seems to give a good reference for the seller so I'm sure he'll work out fine

I had some amazing ponies and so did my children so would have to disagree on temperament!!!
I knew someone would disagree! Maybe it's just the ponies around here. I'm sure it's possible to breed wonderful ponies.
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You will never bore us! WE LOVE PICTURES *crazy eyes*
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I knew someone would disagree! Maybe it's just the ponies around here. I'm sure it's possible to breed wonderful ponies.
The UK has an abundance of ponies like this 12.2

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Very cute ponies jaydee! I especially like that second one! But I'd hate to buy a horse for my daughter only to have to buy her a new one in a year or two because she's outgrown it. She's almost as tall as me already, at age 10, so in a couple of years she'll be the size of a small adult. Seems pointless to do all that training and bonding only to have to move on to another horse. It might work for a lease or a lesson horse, but we want a horse that can be part of our family for the rest of its happy (I hope!) life. And she has no other younger siblings that could ride a pony either.

Still, I certainly see that those ponies are lovely jumpers and seem to have willing personalities. The ones I've met are sweet, but sometimes stubborn. Maybe it's because of their experiences dealing with kids all their lives... that would make me cranky too!
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I love connemaras!! I've heard they ride more like a very small horse than an actual pony, though.

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The Connemara's have a 'good neck' in front of you so they do ride big and they're very 'scopey', a good length of stride
When you consider that Stroller was a 14.2 Connemara cross and competed at Olympic level beating bigger horses you understand just how brilliant these ponies can be
Arcadian - Yes I see your point, though I went through all the heights in ponies as a child growing up in the UK and still have fond memories of them all but just dealt with it, its just how it works for children competing in pony classes over there.
I also did Gymkhana and as a not very tall 10 year old couldn't have vaulted on to a cantering 15 hander the way I could on to a 12.2!!!
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