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post #11 of 16 Old 02-13-2018, 11:58 AM
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Jaydee, I wonder what the basis of limiting the height of the child's mount is??

The male rider is clearly too tall for that pony, but he has to ride it because of his age? Some kids grow tall very quickly, we had a ten year old who was very tall--her dad said the doctors say she will top 6 feet when grown.

And I'm very sad for the ponies themselves, as they will likely be sold off when their riders age up. Those ponies must spend only a few years in each home...what is this teaching the children about relationships and loyalty...are they being taught not to get attached to these horses?
That's so sad, for many a young girl, the pony is their best friend and first love...that's like getting rid of the family dog because it no longer matches the new upholstery. Very cold, IMO.

The basis of this is that kids compete with kids, and they ride ponies, size appropriate ponies. You can ride something bigger but then you will compete against adults. A good solid 14.2 hh pony will carry most teenagers, and while the guy in the video might be getting tall, the weight is no issue.

Is it sad for the ponies? Well they go through life having a series of little girls, or boys, to love on them, and they get to teach many kids the joy of riding. I always find it faintly ridiculous frankly to compare selling a horse to gett8ng rid of the dog, your dog is part of your family, lives with you in the house. A horse is an expensive piece of livestock that costs a lot to maintain.

Be realistic here, if a person starts on a suitable school master horse, the odds are he is going to get traded anyway, when the rider secures all the basics and is ready to move up. Unless people do this where are the newcomers to the wonderful world of horses going to find the experienced horses to teach them?

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post #12 of 16 Old 02-13-2018, 01:22 PM
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Golden Horse said it all.
Quite often a family will have enough interested children to keep the same pony but when that doesn't happen a good pony will still be easy to rehome
The 'first' pony my children had was only 11.2 but could jump his own height and was versatile enough to turn his hoof to anything as well as being safe on trails and roads. He's already had several homes before we had him, when my son outgrew him he stayed with us but was loaned to two children, one after the other by which time he was ready to retire and as luck had it his original owner had him back as a companion for her horse.
I've had probably hundreds of horses and ponies go through my care over the years and its surprising how quickly they settle in to a new home if that home is a good one. Their relationship with humans is very different to the one we have with our dogs, though we had a terrier that we took in because her elderly owner couldn't keep her any more and within a few days it was like she'd been with us forever.

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As most of the girls riding had Mrs. in front of their name that wasn't a child's class unless that was the horse owner not rider. I didn't see a man riding either just a rather flat chested woman. So do adults compete in their own classes then with older teens and children in championship classes? I am curious.

Goldenhorse said it well. Unless you have the money and time everyone, no matter their age "outgrows" their first horse by advancing their skills, unless it is simply a trail horse for hacking. Even then, many decide at some point they want something different and sell that first horse. My child's first horse (15.1 AQHA/8y.o.) was purchased when he was 2. He had a lot of growing to do to grow into her but her personality and background (kids playday horse) made her a perfect first real mount for him. She took care of him for years but that is a rarity in the horse world. As she is turning 20 and still ridden she'll likely be around for awhile unless the perfect home knocks on the door but that is not the norm.
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As most of the girls riding had Mrs. in front of their name that wasn't a child's class unless that was the horse owner not rider. I didn't see a man riding either just a rather flat chested woman. So do adults compete in their own classes then with older teens and children in championship classes? I am curious.
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They are all children, the 'Mrs' would be the name of the owner. A lot of good young riders ride ponies for the people who own them or the ponies belong to their parents.
In the UK (and I think Australia and NZ have the same thing) Ridden and Hunter Pony classes are divided up into heights with a max age of rider allocated to each class. In the championship classes the winners of the individual classes all compete against each other. Horses have their own classes, they come under a different 'Association'
You don't get as many boys competing in show pony classes as you do girls
On top of the showing classes dedicated to children on ponies you also have lots of jumping classes purely for children on ponies with the same height and age restrictions and gymkhana classes purely for children were the usual height of the pony is between 12.2 and 13.2. Having anything bigger can be a disadvantage when you've got to reach down to get things out of a bucket or vault on at the canter
Native pony classes are the exception to the rule.

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@jaydee _ Thanks for taking the time to explain that. I am used to horse, rider and then barn or owner as the listing.
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post #16 of 16 Old 02-15-2018, 11:01 AM
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That Australian way is different to the UK way, though not sure how much of that is down to the website.
In the UK credit would also be given to the rider so you'd have something like
Merrylegs owned by Mrs Bloggs ridden by Jane Bloggs or Merrylegs ridden by Jane Bloggs owner Mrs Bloggs


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