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  • making a pony smaller for measuring?

    I have heard you can make a pony smaller for measuring. How? I am trying to go to the 2013 ponyfinals with my pony, and do large greens, but im afraid she isnt a pony anymore. She just turned five this spring and is a appendix/arab cross grade pony. Any tips??

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    Originally posted by myponyismywings View Post
    I have heard you can make a pony smaller for measuring. How? I am trying to go to the 2013 ponyfinals with my pony, and do large greens, but im afraid she isnt a pony anymore. She just turned five this spring and is a appendix/arab cross grade pony. Any tips??
    a) search and you will find other people asking this question, and other people getting SLAMMED for asking this question.

    b) I'm going to sound completely snotty and I'm gearing up for a flame suit but...most "appendix/arab cross grade pony"s are not going to be competitive at pony finals in the large pony hunters (even in greens). I say most, because there are always exceptions. If your pony can jump 3'3'' cleanly, I'd shoot for pony jumpers if you have you heart seat on pony finals (if your pony is, in fact, a pony.)
    Last edited by Rel6; Jun. 2, 2011, 11:40 PM. Reason: spelling

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      #3
      she places first consistintly in the 2'6" divisions with 18 other competitors. Breeding doesnt matter. I would appreciate it if you would answer my question instead of critiqing me, and being downright rude. Thanks.

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        • #5
          if your pony is only 5 and isn't a pony anymore, you will have a hard time making it smaller.
          And large greens is 2'9" and set on pony distances, not horse adds. If your pony somehow is able to stay a pony through next year and it can do the step, jump in good style, do lead changes, and get sown the lines...then go for it!!
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          • #6
            Well you can try. People have plenty of methods to do so, some of which can be downright torturous (feet cut back, tacks in the measure stick). But even if you manage to sneak your hony in just barely under the top line mark, it won't stop someone from being able to protest you anytime you step into a show ring. You could be sent directly to the measure peoples and if pony doesn't squeak through that time you are screwed. Better to play by the rules.

            In the meantime, why don't you measure the hony to see what you actually have instead of playing with the possibilities.

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            • #7
              Cocktails anyone??
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                i do know what the hight of the jumps are, thank you. she is capaple of taking pony or horse strides, whichever i ask for. she jumps great, has leads, and is a wonderful mover. all i want to know if there was anything i could do (shave withers, trim feet, etc) to make her smaller.

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                • #9
                  Maybe you could shave your troll beard?
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                    • #11
                      Listen, myponyismywings.....
                      The measures trainers or owners or whomever takes to "make their pony smaller" only works incrementally, like 1/32 of an inch, or maybe 1/16th. If you are already concerned about your "pony" not measuring...the other posters are correct--give it up. There are other "finals" you can target for.
                      And consider that some of those items that "make ponies smaller", are bordering on overuse and even abuse.

                      Sorry charly. There's better opportunity out there for you without risking hurting your beloved pony.
                      My treasures do not chink, nor glitter. They carry me to great heights, they gleam in the sun, and they neigh in the night. That is my life, at the end of the day.

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                        Originally posted by horsegurl View Post
                        Listen, myponyismywings.....
                        The measures trainers or owners or whomever takes to "make their pony smaller" only works incrementally, like 1/32 of an inch, or maybe 1/16th. If you are already concerned about your "pony" not measuring...the other posters are correct--give it up. There are other "finals" you can target for.
                        And consider that some of those items that "make ponies smaller", are bordering on overuse and even abuse.

                        Sorry charly. There's better opportunity out there for you without risking hurting your beloved pony.
                        i was hoping for, perhaps, a NON ABUSIVE suggestion?

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                        • #13
                          You won't make your pony smaller but you can do things to make sure you get the best measurement possible.

                          1) lunge your pony for 10 min beforehand so that is relaxed when they measure. Most/many stewards strongly encourage this because it will make their jobs easier. Even the most level headed ponies will see that stick coming and go all bug-eyed and jump around on their tippy-toes.

                          2) choose a show that falls on a date right after the farrier has trimmed your pony. Personally I don't think you should do anything extreme but timing it in your favor is fair game.

                          3) I don't think shaving whithers will make any difference. If your pony measures out to be a horse, well then accept that fact and show in the horse divisions.

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                          • #14
                            Soooorrrrryyyy!!! You're getting good answers and sarcastic answers that are telling you that you are trying to do the impossible. Time to start listening to us. If it was possible to do, you'd have gotten the answer--and everyone would be doing it. And you'd be facing my ultra fancy 16.2 (trimmed to 13.2) A/O gelding.
                            My treasures do not chink, nor glitter. They carry me to great heights, they gleam in the sun, and they neigh in the night. That is my life, at the end of the day.

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                            • #15
                              You can try clipping the hair down, practice getting pony super relaxed so they don't puff up, etc. but they won't help with a major change. You probably won't even get an 1/16th difference in height unless pony is really good at puffing up when measured.

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                                Originally posted by hntrjmprpro45 View Post
                                You won't make your pony smaller but you can do things to make sure you get the best measurement possible.

                                1) lunge your pony for 10 min beforehand so that is relaxed when they measure. Most/many stewards strongly encourage this because it will make their jobs easier. Even the most level headed ponies will see that stick coming and go all bug-eyed and jump around on their tippy-toes.

                                2) choose a show that falls on a date right after the farrier has trimmed your pony. Personally I don't think you should do anything extreme but timing it in your favor is fair game.

                                3) I don't think shaving whithers will make any difference. If your pony measures out to be a horse, well then accept that fact and show in the horse divisions.
                                THANK YOU, you are the first person to give me a mature answer.

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by hntrjmprpro45 View Post
                                  You won't make your pony smaller but you can do things to make sure you get the best measurement possible.

                                  1) lunge your pony for 10 min beforehand so that is relaxed when they measure. Most/many stewards strongly encourage this because it will make their jobs easier. Even the most level headed ponies will see that stick coming and go all bug-eyed and jump around on their tippy-toes.

                                  2) choose a show that falls on a date right after the farrier has trimmed your pony. Personally I don't think you should do anything extreme but timing it in your favor is fair game.

                                  3) I don't think shaving whithers will make any difference. If your pony measures out to be a horse, well then accept that fact and show in the horse divisions.
                                  This. Solid answer that doesn't get into anything dangerous for pony.

                                  If pony wears shoes and can go without them without pain, that may help the measurement cause as well.
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                                  • #18
                                    I know a lot of people pull shoes when they get their ponies officially measured and hire professional handlers to try and get the pony to have a relaxed frame while being measured. A well turned out pony with proper braids and a clean shave can also pull their height down by just the smallest bit. This will only help if your pony is right on the cusp of being a large though. Don't cut their feet shorter than normal or do anything drastic it really won't help and can only harm them.

                                    I recommend measuring your pony now and seeing where they stand before looking for ways to get them in under the line. Maybe you won't have to do anything and everything will work out fine.

                                    Just on a side note... good for you for standing up for your pony and not falling to breed hype. There are fancy, sweet, and amazing horses in unexpected places not just in highly sought after bloodlines.

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                                      Originally posted by horsegurl View Post
                                      Soooorrrrryyyy!!! You're getting good answers and sarcastic answers that are telling you that you are trying to do the impossible. Time to start listening to us. If it was possible to do, you'd have gotten the answer--and everyone would be doing it. And you'd be facing my ultra fancy 16.2 (trimmed to 13.2) A/O gelding.
                                      you are aware that you do not need to have a smarty little remark everytime someone says something, right? obviosly if she was that tall i wouldnt be asking this. but she is only slightly taller than 14.2 i belive. please keep your comments to yourself unless they are helpful. and not rude.

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                                        #20
                                        Originally posted by greenwoodeq View Post
                                        I know a lot of people pull shoes when they get their ponies officially measured and hire professional handlers to try and get the pony to have a relaxed frame while being measured. A well turned out pony with proper braids and a clean shave can also pull their height down by just the smallest bit. This will only help if your pony is right on the cusp of being a large though. Don't cut their feet shorter than normal or do anything drastic it really won't help and can only harm them.

                                        I recommend measuring your pony now and seeing where they stand before looking for ways to get them in under the line. Maybe you won't have to do anything and everything will work out fine.

                                        Just on a side note... good for you for standing up for your pony and not falling to breed hype. There are fancy, sweet, and amazing horses in unexpected places not just in highly sought after bloodlines.
                                        thank you (: we get a lot of hate just bcause she isnt purebred welsh or whatever.....she deserves bettter recognition

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