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post #1 of 19 Old 01-04-2015, 02:58 PM Thread Starter
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My first horse...help!

hello, this me and my horse buddy, I am planning on using to learn barrels and poles, an a pony club horse, I am in pony club but don't plan on taking him past 2'3 over fences. I know he need weight on him, thats why I bought him, but I wanted to know I look weird on him, he is 15hh. I am 5'6 I know with some weight look better, but I wanted to ask on him. Thanks !


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post #2 of 19 Old 01-04-2015, 03:13 PM
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The first photo link doesn't work. It looks like it a link to a facebook image somehow. You would probably need to copy it to your computer and then upload it for us to see it. Also, FYI, facebooks links are not permitted on the forum - just for future reference.

It's really hard to see in the photo, but I think your saddle is too small for you and possibly not positioned properly. Height wise, I think you guys are OK. Yes, he needs a bit of weight probably, but hard to tell for sure. He looks like he has sturdy legs I think you'll be fine for general riding. I can't respond about jumping as I have practically no knowledge about jumping.

It would be nice to see a side shot of him with the saddle on and off, and one with you in the saddle as well from the side.

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post #3 of 19 Old 01-04-2015, 03:21 PM Thread Starter
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I will put some new photos up next weeks, Moving barn and I am not able to go out an see until them :(. But Thanks I am super excited.
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post #4 of 19 Old 01-05-2015, 11:14 PM
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I have to agree that saddle might not be a good size for you.. maybe a tad too far forward in placement, but hard to see. he's cute and you look good with him.
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post #5 of 19 Old 01-07-2015, 10:49 PM
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I agree with the other posters, saddle fit may be a little off and pictures from the side would help us see better.

He is cute though :) What is he?
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post #6 of 19 Old 01-08-2015, 03:13 AM
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Looked at this for ref to your other thread, then actually read your post here now. I would not wanting to do anything like barrels & jumping with this horse. Stick to other less strenuous pony club stuff & trail riding with him.
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post #7 of 19 Old 01-08-2015, 03:42 AM
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What a cutie! And you look so happy to be together!
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post #8 of 19 Old 01-09-2015, 12:22 PM Thread Starter
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Aww thank's . He my best friend! Pony club would have me jumping no higher than 2'3. I think that pretty low, for us, i figured by the time i get there, I'll be ready for more advanced horse. but again im new to this so any advice is appreciated.
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post #9 of 19 Old 01-09-2015, 06:20 PM
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Please consider that just riding horses can be potentially damaging for them, if we're not careful. Saddle fit issues are a big cause of problems. Body issues a horse may already have make further injury & pain more likely. Too much weight in the saddle is another problem & heavy riders need to be realistic about that. Beginner riders who don't have a good seat also make it harder on a horse. High impact stuff like fast work, jumping, etc(2' jumps are not insubstantial to the horse, esp with other factors) also makes injury far more likely. Putting all those together in one package.... Respectfully, I just wouldn't do much on this horse at all until you get his back, saddle & your weight better.
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post #10 of 19 Old 01-09-2015, 07:01 PM
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Horses weren't created to carry weight on their backs period. Jumping this horse at your weight would be putting quite a lot of stress on a 15hh stock type horses' front legs. Since in the end he's going to be the one bearing the weight of not only himself and you but, also the downward forces of all these factors upon landing it would be imo, unreasonable to as him to complete a 2ft course. There's a reason why jockeys tend to by tiny people… Not to mention a fall at your weight from even a height of 2ft could spell disaster…

You both look like you could be a good fit but, just because you're able to ride him doesn't mean that asking him to perform high intensity activity is reasonable. Rome wasn't built in a day.
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