I am 5'6" with longish legs and have a 14.2hh arabian. I weigh considerably more than you, OP, and he has no issues carrying me around, including XC schooling. Our biggest issue is that he is rather fine and I find him a bit uncomfortable because of the length of my legs. I have to ride in short stirrups or my knees and hips ache from trying to keep my lower leg on him. I LOVE small horses-- my "big" horse is a whopping 15.3!
This is my pony: http://i277.photobucket.com/albums/k...ps631cb84e.png
I think he's around 14.1-2 (welsh/tb). He's not heavy boned, but not super light either. He is wide though and could definitely hold your weight. He is standing next to a 16H Hol/x for reference.
I'm 5'4 and the only thing that took a bit of adjustment was feeling a little top heavy even though my body is pretty proportionate. As he matured and got wider, I don't feel like that at all anymore. I can barely tell the difference between him and my horses when I ride.
Definitely go for it and test ride some ponies! My little dude is 14.1 1/2 and I am 5'4 and 120lbs. I LOVE ponies. Love them. My DH, who is about your height and definitely heavier than you, rides the pony too and they do just fine together! Hubby is even learning to jump on him and he handles a slightly unbalanced, taller rider like a pro.
And to chime in on the "pony gaits" issue, try and look into a "sport pony" type. They tend to be more like very small WB's than a true "pony" and can have lovely horse-like movement. My guy is a GRP and moves like the big kids, he feels just like a big horse, just shorter.
And, of course, a picture of the superstar: http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphoto...88406603_n.jpg
There are plenty of ponies out there now-a-days who have sport type gaits.
Originally Posted by IronwoodFarm
For what it's worth, I have two ponies (though one outgrew pony-hood); a 15.1h GRP and a 13.3h GRP. Both of whom have horse gaits and a canter to die for and the rib cage to carry a longer legged rider.
Delight and me
13.3 hands of German engineering... Keep in mind this is a horse with less than a year under saddle, at her first show
There are really nice ponies out there. Not all of them are under 14.2h. Not all of them move like ponies. Go try a few out...
GRPs are the BEST!! Love those mini-warmbloods :)
Originally Posted by amm2cd
There are really nice ponies out there. Not all of them are under 14.2h. Not all of them move like ponies.
Agreed and not all are of warmblood breeding either :winkgrin: Got one who regularly scores 8s on gaits. Her sire was imported but not from continental Europe :D
There's lots and lots to choose from, all shapes and sizes.
When I went to look at my guy, a 14.3 hand Paint, I was downsizing from a tall, narrow Saddlebred. My first comment to my "trainer" was, "I feel so big on him!" Well, now I've had him for 3 years, and he feels just right! I'm only 5'1", so I certainly am not too big for him. It just takes a little getting used to again if you're moving down.
And one of my friends from my pony club days was about your height and she was quite happy on her 14.2-14.3 hand arab.
I love ponies and one day will have another one like my first that both rides and drives!
I am a good bit heavier than you and 5'6. I had several large ponies in training when I was a trainer and none had any issues. Here are some pics.
He's about 14.1
She was 14h with a short neck. I always felt like I was gonna topple off the front of her. Never did though
I'd probably stick with a larger pony with some width in the barrel. Do you currently show? If so making sure the overall picture is appealing is always something to keep in mind.
Not currently showing...but still wouldn't want to dwarf a poor little pony, either! Can't see the pics of all the super ponies until later this evening, but I am sure I will die from the cuteness. I was going to ask about GRPs - very elegant from the ones I've seen.
Serigraph - what a gorgeous pony! Maybe my perception is off, but your guy doesn't look very small next to the 16-hander!
Caradino - super star indeed! Again, I wouldn't have guessed pony is a pony. You fit each other so well.
Amm2cd - ah, yes. GRPs are exactly as I remembered. Haven't had a chance just yet to check out the 2nd link, but the first link/photo is super elegant (can "elegant" still be elegant when paired with "super"?!!).
Dani0303 - you look great on the grays!
I'm excited to start test riding some lil' ones now that I know it's possible to not overwhelm/dwarf a pony with my height/weight.
Ace - thanks. He's not tiny but is still a pony. Just small enough to be cute. He wears a 69 blanket. He also does not have pony gaits.
Originally Posted by Ace
Thank you! The right pony can do everything the big guys can do, just with a little more attitude, and a lot closer to the ground!
Originally Posted by Ace
My dad preferred small horses, large ponies actually. He weighed between 180-210lbs and his western saddle was about 50lbs. The last two critters he rode was a 13.3 hand mare and a 14.3 gelding. Both packed him all day. Actually the mare was better than the gelding.
When I was in my teens, I was obsessed with the thought that I needed a tall horse. I had/have a 15.1h horse, which I know is not considered a pony, but every other horse at my barn was 16h+. My old trainer would always call my mare a pony, and tell me to upgrade. I probably would have, but I was terrible at selling the "pony" and it didn't even occur to me to ask someone for help with selling her.
I more recently got a 17h horse that ended up being not fun for me. In dealing with her, I realized how much I prefer the smaller ones. I don't feel intimidated when they act badly, and it's a benefit to be closer to the ground, although when I was going from riding the 17h to the 15h, there were a few incidents where my ankles were not prepared for hitting the ground so quickly. Ouch. It's also nice to be able to mount up without a block too.
Here's my 5'7", average build self on my 15.1 "pony"
I think it looks fine. I'm also lucky she's wide so it takes up my leg.
For comparison's sake, here's a many years old photo of me standing next to her. You can see how much taller than her I am.
My thought is, you may feel silly while you tack up, but once you're on, all is good. :)
I'm so glad I didn't end up selling years ago - I wish I could clone this horse I love her so much.
I do agree with the poster who said find one with horse gaits. I'm sure I would feel much differently if I felt like I was riding a sewing machine.
My mare is getting up there in age, so when I was looking recently, I went right for GRP and am now the proud owner of a GRP colt. He's going to mature about 14.1. I love everything I've read and seen with the GRP and I am super excited to own one. He's such a smart little guy with a great personality.
You will definitely fit a pony. I'm 5'10 130 and I ride our 13.1 pony just fine. he doesn't struggle with my weight at all. I also ride a 14.1 fine boned welsh/arab without any problems.
You'll be fine!!!
This was my training project a few winters ago. He's 4 in the pic. I'm 5'8 and 145lb. He had absolutely no problem carrying me. He's 14.3-15hh. Oops. Pony stop growing!!!
These pics were taken when he was about three months under saddle. His first real jump school other than cross rails in the indoor. :)
Just to throw mine into the mix...
I'm just a hair under 5'8", and weigh what you're supposed to. :lol: Well, more like 125, but fully clothed and with a helmet probably closer to 130.
And, here I am on my husband's 14.1 QH (sorry, it's a crappy cell phone picture at the Mountain Trail Course!): https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...2&l=3149d235cc
Husband is 5'10" and weighs about 170lb. She totes him around happily as well. In the past I put some time on a much smaller 13h pony and while I felt a little awkward at first, he was very cobby and carried me easily. Oh, and then there was this guy: Cody who was also 14.1-2.
So, yes. You can have a pony and you'll look just fine. :lol:
I have a small horse, only person who makes fun is my husband, mostly because his little mare is going to be taller then mine.
I'm 5'6 and she's around 14.3hh.
We have a lot of fun
I've been on stocky but short beasts and was shocked to find the ground that close when I dismounted, barrel size makes more of a difference then height. I used to ride loooooooots of ponies and only ones I felt weird on were the really short and narrow ones.
I love all of the pony pictures! My next horse is going to be a large pony.