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Any other ADULTS ride ponies or pony-sized horses?

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  • Any other ADULTS ride ponies or pony-sized horses?

    I'm looking at getting a Paint or more likely Paint-cross pony mare. She's a strawberry roan, full white face and her rear socks come up nearly to the stifle in the front. Current owner knows this: mare was bought in Ocala for $28K doing the pony divisions and was carded, but she doesn't know the name. Current owner has had her shown at rated shows, but not with junior riders so has done Long Stirrup, etc.

    Mare is shod, and I was told with shoes she is just a hair over 14.2 but barefoot she is under. I don't care that much since I'm well past pony divisions. But I was wondering if any other adults ride pony-sized horses and show? I won't be showing very high or even rated for a while since I haven't ridden much in the last couple of years...but she's a nice mare, quiet and sane and something that can go a week without being ridden and won't kill me.

    Here she is being warmed up at a rated show, not ridden by me.
    Here she is with me. I'm a little over 5'3''.
    COTH's official mini-donk enabler

    "I am all for reaching out, but in some situations it needs to be done with a rolled up news paper." Alagirl

  • #2
    The picture of you on her was a little too dark for me to tell, but from the distance, you looked like you fit her fine.

    I'm 4'10" and my horse is 15.1, and everyone thinks that my horse is much bigger when they see me riding him from a distance (not next to other horses) because my tiny size makes him look bigger.

    ETA: My horse and I show in the adult division (2'9") and do just fine. Our only problem related to his size is probably getting down the lines, especially if the lines are set long.


    • #3
      I ride ponies all the time...and I'm NOT pony sized! My current horse is..well we're not sure what she'll end up being, but right now she's 14.1 but with a deep barrel (I'm 5'4 with a thicker build). I also ride a smaller (in height, but thick strong build) medium that we're bringing along, and while I look like a dork, he's a nice ride. If its what fits you, ride it! I'd rather a pony than a larger horse any day of the week


      • #4
        I have a 15 h Trak/SWB mare (might stick 15.1 with shoes) who is ridden by an adult amateur who is just over 5' tall. They have shown very successfully at the rated shows, where the little mare beats the Big Boys regularly. One added benefit to her diminutive size is that she is extremely handy -- she's a Pocket Rocket. I think you will find yourself in good company on your little horse.
        ~Another proud member of the TrakehNERD clique ~


        • #5
          I don't show yet, but I'm considering it with my little paint pony. He's 14 hh and I'm 5'9", so I'm replying because I'm interested in the subject. Quanah and I would only do little local schooling shows - nothing as ambitious as what you probably have in mind.

          You certainly don't look too big on her. She's lovely.
          I'm not ignoring the rules. I'm interpreting the rules. Tamal, The Great British Baking Show


          • #6
            I am 5'9 and I am currently showing a 13.1h pony. He is lots of fun. I just crank my stirrups up and off we go.
            Proud Mama of a BOY rider


            • #7
              My 13.3 pinto pony and I (5'3" older ammy) beat the pants off the 'real' horses at some of of the benefit shows we have been at. She is a blast to ride, personality out the wazoo, and out the trailer into the ring. Jumping 2'6" - 3', it's hard to beat a nice pony because they jump that height better than a bigger horse. Have fun!


              • #8
                You mean a hony!

                I'm 5'4" and ride a hony who is 15.1. She has a big stride and gets down the lines just fine. She is actually one of the best horses I've ever had...forward, super dispo, great work ethic, balanced, smart, calm, never marish, the list could go on! Here she is with me: Romantica Z

                I personally love riding small horses, I feel more in control! I'm not super short (yet I'm not tall), but riding big horses makes me feel like a peanut. I always prefer them smaller. 15.1-16.2 is the range I look for.
                Last edited by Horseymama; May. 17, 2009, 11:36 AM. Reason: punctuation
                "A good horse and a good rider are only so in mutual trust."


                • #9
                  currently,when there time allows, I ride an 7(or 8??) yo 13.1 seal brown daughter of my Welsh Pony Stallion Pecan Creek's Rock n Roll....her brother took 13th this last Pony Final in large greens....another brother is a Dragons Lair pony who does the pony club scene...his name escapes me....and her grey aunt's pulled the Disney cinderella carriage in FL for years...

                  I'm 5'6.5"...

                  I'd like to say we are doing majikal things and persuing lofty goals....

                  buuuuttttttt....we're not.... we just kick and go around the farm here....

                  Production Acres,Pro A Welsh Cobs
                  I am one of the last 210,000 remaining full time farmers in America.We feed the others.


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by TheJenners View Post
                    But I was wondering if any other adults ride pony-sized horses and show?
                    I do! I'm 5'2" and ride a medium pony. We show on the Welsh circuit, not at rated shows, so there are lots of adults on ponies. I was going to show her at some of our local rated shows a few years ago, but I just didn't have the time to do so.

                    I'm sure there would have been some snickers and stares at the site of me, in my 30s, on a medium pony at a rated show, which is fine with me...how else are you suppose to get greenish ponies out there? If I had a large pony, especially one at 14.2, I wouldn't give a second thought to showing against the horses at rated shows.


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Horseymama View Post
                      I always prefer them smaller. 15.1-16.2 is the range I look for.
                      Am I the only one who thinks of a horse over 16.0 as big?


                      • #12
                        I love my ponies. I am 5'6" and have several mediums. Although, we are not showing, we still have fun. I say ride what makes you happy. Now, my son is 6'1" and he rides a 17.2 hand dutch warmblood. I have to admit I don't have the nerve to sit up quite that high!!


                        • #13
                          Currently I have a project pony who will be competing in both dressage and jumpers this year, and I just traded my 16.3 plus hand thoroughbred mare for a 14.2 hand 3 year old as I find that I much prefer riding ponies.


                          • #14
                            I'm 5'3 1/2" and train/show ponies for a living. I regularly show them in both dressage and hunters against the TBs and warmbloods and often end up beating them. In Canada, adult amateurs are allowed to show ponies on the A Circuit in the Adult Amateur Division but I show all mine in the unrated ring so they don't break their green status. I'd much prefer to ride the little "sports cars" than the 17 handers I used to show all of the time. Below are a few photos of our ponies showing with me riding.
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                            • #15
                              im 17, but i'm 5' and done growing. I'm a tiny thing. I can fit on the smalls. I plan to buy a hony after college, and maybe show in the adult ammies or something. a just-a-hair-over-14.2 hony, even by a nice breeder, is generally VERY cheap compared to its preferably-sized relatives. Heck, if I could get an overgrown Brighton pony or something that'd be cheap, why wouldn't i?

                              Anywho, I think anything over 15.3 hands is huge
                              I rode a 16 hand mare once. (ive ridden horses up to 17.2 hands but they were always very very good horses) She was 4 yrs old and green. Sale horse. Trainer threw me on her, cause she has been quiet. I rode her when the arena was empty (cept for me and trainer of course) and she was an ANGEL. i loved this horse. She didnt feel huge to me because she was very narrow, though her canter did feel large (of course) it didnt feel crazy huge, i could handle it. Until I rode her the next day with several other horses in the arena, and the mare freaked out at everything..well THEN she felt huge

                              Blitz <3 & Leap of Faith <3


                              • #16
                                I love the 14.2 to 16.0 range. Anything over that is too big! I'm 5'4" and love my paint mare, she is about 15.1, we fit perfectly together. I've always been drawn toward the smaller ones- I guess because they are so much lower to the ground!
                                Last edited by mypaintwattie; May. 17, 2009, 01:49 PM. Reason: sp


                                • Original Poster

                                  Thanks everyone!

                                  I like the mare and I'm 90 percent sure I'm getting her. I only got to ride her once, but I enjoyed grooming her and she seemed like a quiet quiet quiet mare. Some of you may have heard my tale of sorrow and misfortune in losing my first and forever mare in August, then finally admitting that fighting with my gorgeous, stunning, talented, fiery and loving homebred prospect was the opposite of what I needed after that loss. Sobbing at the barn is a bad way to go, so I left her alone for a few months before deciding to send her down to be sold in Feb and took a break. I slowly started looking again about a month ago, just sort of sorting out what I wanted...decided I did not want an Arab or Arab cross, since Aisha had been an Arab. Thought at first I wanted a big 'un, since I had been a pony rider at my old barn. Then found myself oogling another COTHer's ponies on her Web site. Heard about this mare, heard she's calm with a been there, done that way of going, experienced enough to cart me around since other than attempting to get the prospect started, I haven't ridden in a while and while she may not have a burning personality just yet, that's okay too. She seemed interested in me in a quiet way while I groomed. I even jumped on her after not even being sure I'd remember how to canter. So it'll also be a confidence-booster after having it wrecked by the other mare.
                                  COTH's official mini-donk enabler

                                  "I am all for reaching out, but in some situations it needs to be done with a rolled up news paper." Alagirl


                                  • #18
                                    I used to ride a pony! I'm 19 and 5' (was 15 and 16 at the time) but haven't grown in years. Summer is a large, probably a bit under 14.2. Here's a few pictures:

                                    First class at my first show: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pi...&id=1044030002

                                    First lesson on the pony: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pi...&id=1044030002

                                    Jumping in a lesson: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pi...&id=1044030002


                                    • #19
                                      TJ she is adorable and she sounds like a fun, willing, sane partner to help you get back into the swing of things.

                                      Why must I be 5'9?!? I <3 ponies.

                                      Enjoy her, and post lots of pics!
                                      We couldn't all be cowboys, so some of us are clowns.


                                      • Original Poster

                                        Thanks Flash. Hopefully yes, it'll all work out.
                                        COTH's official mini-donk enabler

                                        "I am all for reaching out, but in some situations it needs to be done with a rolled up news paper." Alagirl