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what is a "normal" seat size for a 9 year old kid?

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  • what is a "normal" seat size for a 9 year old kid?

    I am letting a little girl at my barn show my stallion this weekend; she has ridden him a couple times at home, and I can't show this weekend- family reasons. She does not have her own saddle (at home she borrows another kids) so I assume she can just show in mine? It fits my guy great. She is 9, about 4', 60 lbs or so. I am 5', 100 lbs. The saddle is a 16" butet. Will she be swimming in it, or do you think for the weekend it will be ok?
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    I thought juniors are not allowed to show stallions. . . .

    That said, at that age and size my daughter rode in a 15.

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      I think it really varies- some kids are quite big at that age, some are shrimps. My sister (shrimp) was riding in a 16". It was a little too big, but mom didn't want to buy something smaller and then have to sell it in 2 years. I think for one show, a 16" would be fine. But maybe she could ride in it one day this week, just to see how it feels?

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        I rode in a 14'' saddle from the age of 7 up until 14. It really depends on the kid.
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        • #5
          My 9 year old rides in a 14 1/2, but she is tiny. She swims in anything bigger than a 15 1/2. I would definitely check your rules, though because juniors can't show stallions, nor would I ever let my 9 Year Old!

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            Originally posted by Alterrain View Post
            I am letting a little girl at my barn show my stallion this weekend; she has ridden him a couple times at home, and I can't show this weekend- family reasons. She does not have her own saddle (at home she borrows another kids) so I assume she can just show in mine? It fits my guy great. She is 9, about 4', 60 lbs or so. I am 5', 100 lbs. The saddle is a 16" butet. Will she be swimming in it, or do you think for the weekend it will be ok?
            9 years old, showing a stallion, just WOW.

            I have started training/showing Welshes, it may be allowed in their breed shows, but 9 years old. Not me.

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            • #7
              She sounds close in size to my daughter, who rides in a 14". I think a 16" would be way too big.
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              • #8
                Stallion at 9 Holy crap. but okay. I thought jrs. couldn't show stallions??? My daughter is 8 and is almost 4' and 55lbs. She rides in a 14.
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                • #9
                  At 4ft tall and 60 lbs she sounds Tiny , it really depends on the length of her thigh but I would guess a 15 " would even be big on this little one .

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                  • #10
                    My daughter is 4'7 and just under 80 lbs and still in a 14 inch Pessoa. According to her trainer, she still fits it fine.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by rabicon View Post
                      Stallion at 9 Holy crap. but okay. I thought jrs. couldn't show stallions???
                      I don't believe they can, at least not in the hunters. I know a few juniors who show stallions in the junior jumpers/young riders classes, though.

                      I feel like this begs the question as to WHY a 9 year old is showing a stallion?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by HARROLDhasmyheart View Post
                        I don't believe they can, at least not in the hunters. I know a few juniors who show stallions in the junior jumpers/young riders classes, though.

                        I feel like this begs the question as to WHY a 9 year old is showing a stallion?
                        I didn't think even the Juniors in YR could ride stallions. I was under the impression that you can't ride stallions until your 18th year... The rules are in place due to safety. A 9 year old should not be riding a stallion - they aren't strong enough nor do they have enough experience to ride a stallion...

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                        • #13
                          so agreed. Even at our local english pleasure/western pleasure/running shows they don't allow anyone under 18 to ride a stallion. This is a local podunk show also They are governed by noone but themselves. I've never heard anyone allow this. Number one reason is safety for the child and for the others at the show. It could be the best stallion in the world but if he decides he wants to mount a mare I don't believe a 9 yr old is strong enough or even capable to handle that. This is a major safety issue.
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                          • #14
                            You cannot show a stallion in the hunters as a junior but you can show a stallion in the jumpers as a junior.

                            From the rule book:
                            2. Stallions. Junior riders may show stallions. (Exception: Stallions are prohibited in Pony
                            Jumper Sections. See JP118.4)

                            5. Stallions are prohibited from all Pony Hunter classes except breeding classes.
                            6. Stallions are prohibited from all Junior and Children’s’ Hunter classes.

                            The only reason I know that is that I bought a gelding in a stallions body when I was 16 and we double/triple checked that to make sure I could actually show him.

                            Regardless of the rule I agree that 9 is far to young to be up on even the best behaved stallion.

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                            • #15
                              My daughter is 9 and rides in a 15".

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                              • #16
                                Just my 2 cents....

                                A stallion may be PERFECT at home, but can be a TOTALLY different horse at a show. As evidenced by the stallion I groomed last year who was a puppy dog at home but came out of the ring after his first class with us and stood up and proceeded to go after every horse/person in sight. Even my 40+ year old trainer that was on him had a hard time controlling him!
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                                • #17
                                  .... so someone must smell a troll here....

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                                  • #18
                                    Yea, I'm wondering to. They haven't came back so it just maybe a troll. If someone is that nuts (to say it nicely) I'd hope they are a troll.
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                                    • #19
                                      I have heard this term "troll" quite often. What exactly IS a troll?

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                                      • #20
                                        Someone that goes around on a BB and just tries to start fights within the BB or to just get a reaction. Someone that has nothing else better to do with their lives
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