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post #1 of 9 Old 10-27-2016, 10:15 PM Thread Starter
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Question around weight restrictions for riding

Hi everyone! Potentially a ridiculously stupid question so please bare with me..

I have an appaloosa brumby x. He's about 15.5 hh and is quite a stocky little thing.

I am about 55kg and only 5f7 and can ride him without issue.

My boyfriend wants to learn how to ride and he is 6 foot 2 inch and approx 100 kg (at his heaviest)

I'm worried the boyfriend might be too big/tall to learn to ride on my pony?

I'd love some opinions on this as I don't want to hurt my pony in any way!

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post #2 of 9 Old 10-27-2016, 11:37 PM
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I did the conversion for lbs since a good portion of us don't do metric. It's 220 pounds and since your boyfriend is tall I'm going to guess he's fairly well proportioned.

I'd say as long as your horse is stocky (good bone and well muscled) and has no soundness issues or severe conformation flaws it should be able to carry him just fine.

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Now I am going to ask a dumb question. :) Are "hands" measured differently as well? Because here, 15.5 would actually be 16.1 as hands are in increments of three?
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I've seen several people from EU refer to .5 hands meaning 1/2 hand or 2 inches.
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A hand is increments of 4 inches so .5 would be 2 inches if they truly meant 15 and 1/2 hands. ETA I am 5'10" and had been 200+ for 10 years. This is the first time I have been under. All of my saddle horses (quarters or paints) are in the 14.4 to 15.2 range and fit. They have short strong backs and carry me with no problem. The better rider he is (better balanced) then the easier it is on the horse. Even a lighter rider that is a poor rider or has no balance can cause issue.
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post #6 of 9 Old 10-30-2016, 02:06 PM
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My best friend's QH mare is 14.3hh and is built like a tank. Her boyfriend rides the mare quite frequently and he's 6' tall and probably 230lbs. Tinkerbell carries him with absolutely no problems. Heck, she's packed around me when I was at my heaviest (5'7" and 260lbs). As has been said, as long as the horse is built well with good bone, it shouldn't be a problem. Look at cutting horses. Most of them don't even top 15hh and the cowboys riding them are in the 6' range and probably close to 200lbs and they're getting down and working hard.
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Thank you so much everyone :)
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Aside from confusion about .5hh(No, Aussies don't measure differently - that initially read 16.1hh to me), if the horse is 15 & a half hands, then he's not a 'little pony' anyway.
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Oops mine should have read 14.2 to 15.2 not 14.4.....
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