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post #11 of 25 Old 07-17-2014, 01:03 PM
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Hi again Bundari.

On the weight question, I didn't comment because that's not really my area of expertise but I will add this to Cielo's comment:

You don't necessarily need a 16hh horse to carry you; you need a weight carrier - strong on bone. <--ditto this

If you check out some of the "plus sized" threads you will see plenty of conversations and discussions about what can and can't and should and shouldn't be done.

I think the biggest problem will be your height and the kids' heights. As you have the space...I would be inclined to be looking for two equines: a safe steady pony, and a safe steady horse. If you find the right animals and you and the children get into this it will be no time at all before two of you can be riding out together - and your nine year old will quickly progress to being able to ride your larger horse - then the two kids can ride together with you walking - then you have to buy a third horse <---that also all makes perfect sense

Start calling all the local (or not so local given that you might be a bit remote?) horse places. Tack shops, vets, pony clubs, polo clubs, racing barns, anything and everything to explain what you are after. They probably won't have what you want....but they may know someone who does.
Add farriers and barefoot trimmers to that list. They generally are not inclined to point you toward something that is not appropriate for your experience level.


Number One they don't want to see anyone hurt and their reputation is at stake.

Number Two they know they will probably be the one trimming or shoeing it - lollol

Along with Google search, you can often find their business cards tacked in grocery stores, department stores like WalMart, vet's offices, Tractor Supplies or a version of TSC, etc.
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post #12 of 25 Old 07-17-2014, 01:25 PM
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No the ad even states not suited for trail riding. No.
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post #13 of 25 Old 07-17-2014, 01:25 PM
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Responsive is not always bad. I have a mare who is great for beginners because if she feels them losing there balance she stops trotting. She is very responsive and does downward transitions (trot to walk, walk to stop) only w/ the use of seat (tightening and squeezing my butt muscles together). I have another gelding much less responsive, but he does not tolerate anything short of perfectly executed commands or he throws fits. He's actually a huge pain, but a great show horse (diva). So if someone asked me I'd say the mare is way more responsive AND way better for beginners... The thing you need to know is what they do when they respond responsively...lol.
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post #14 of 25 Old 07-17-2014, 01:30 PM
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Also if you need something that can carry more weight, I would suggest norwegian fjord or similar breed. They would be shorter so they would still be easier to mount and easier for you kids to handle. I have always found dealing with shorter horses to be easier no matter how well behaved they are. We had a 17'2" warmblood who was relatively docile, but we had to carry a stool around to do anything with him.
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post #15 of 25 Old 07-17-2014, 01:33 PM
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Also halflinger... similar build to the fjord horses. I knew a lady that had a pair of almost perfectly matched halflinger that her and her husband trail rode. They were so cute and well behaved. I would say both of the people were around 180-200 pounds.
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post #16 of 25 Old 07-17-2014, 01:36 PM
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A short stocky horse will fit both you a kids. I disagree with 14 h being to small. My friend out here is 6'3 and his little desert pony (as he calls him) is maybe 14.2 and decently stocky that little guy holds him just fine with pep in his step the entire ride, and he uses him as his main ranch horse.

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post #17 of 25 Old 07-17-2014, 01:37 PM
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Also, in addition to local tack stores etc. Try to find some local show to attend as a spectator. When people don't look too busy or during the lunch break, ask around. Most people would be glad to help you out and I'm sure most of them would have a horse to suggest that you look at for your family. Everybody's always trying to sell something. Just make sure you WAIT for the right horse!!
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post #18 of 25 Old 07-17-2014, 01:46 PM
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just wanted to drop in and say that I am 5 foot 5 and the tallest horse I've written was 14.2 and I look best on a 13.3 pony. On the weight side of things check out this link: Heavier Riders' Guide
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post #19 of 25 Old 07-17-2014, 02:40 PM
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I'm 5'10 and easily 200 pounds. I have on occasion ridden a 14.2 quarter pony. He is built like a tank. He is also worked daily and is very fit plus heavily boned. Just depends on the horse. A draft type pony or cross could suit well.
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post #20 of 25 Old 07-18-2014, 07:59 AM Thread Starter
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Hi again Bundari.

On the weight question, I didn't comment because that's not really my area of expertise but I will add this to Cielo's comment:

You don't necessarily need a 16hh horse to carry you; you need a weight carrier - strong on bone. If you check out some of the "plus sized" threads you will see plenty of conversations and discussions about what can and can't and should and shouldn't be done.

I think the biggest problem will be your height and the kids' heights. As you have the space...I would be inclined to be looking for two equines: a safe steady pony, and a safe steady horse. If you find the right animals and you and the children get into this it will be no time at all before two of you can be riding out together - and your nine year old will quickly progress to being able to ride your larger horse - then the two kids can ride together with you walking - then you have to buy a third horse Hey I thought you guys are supposed to keep me sensible lol pretty soon I will have a paddock full. Seriously though my daughter has already decided we need three horses, four if they could get dad on a horse as well. Hers is going to be a white pony named Flower if its a girl and George if its a boy! She's very specific.

Start calling all the local (or not so local given that you might be a bit remote?) horse places. Tack shops, vets, pony clubs, polo clubs, racing barns, anything and everything to explain what you are after. They probably won't have what you want....but they may know someone who does.
I had thought about pony club but not all the others thanks for the suggestions.

Regarding my land although I have alot its not all suitable fenced and it isn't 'grazing' as such thats the only reason we can afford it its basically for the wildlife, any horses we get will have to be hand feed 100% of the time although I'm in the process of getting a paddock tidied up enough to try and get at least a bit of pick for them.
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