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    I'm 5'8" and ride everything from a 13.3hh cob to a 17.2hh draft cross - ride what makes you happy and not what is fashionable in a small subset of the horse world - large segments of the horse world do not consider it necessary for all adults to ride a horse over 16hh.


      You may "look" too big for him. However that is only from a perspective of those disciplines that routinely see small women on very large horses! He looks like he can certainly handle your size and it sounds like he suits your goals. Enjoy!
      (And never underestimate a Morgan )


        Ponies rock. My mount and I are of similar size. Morgans are nice horses and they're meant for full size adults.
        If you are allergic to a thing, it is best not to put that thing in your mouth, particularly if the thing is cats. - Lemony Snicket


          I just got a 13.2ish pony and I'm 5' 5 1/2" and look just fine. Of course, most ponies have well sprung ribcages, which will take up quite a bit of your legs. I'm so used to him now that my late 14.2 Arab would seem too big!

          It seems a bit of a challenge finding pony-sized gear that are good for adults. Especially saddle pads that are the right size for an adult saddle but aren't too large on a pony.


            Another pony rider here! I am 5'2", 115 lbs. and ride a 14.2 warmblood and a 14 hand sport pony. Ponies are getting very popular in dressage and I'm seeing more and more adult riders on ponies. Lengthen your stirrups and you'll be fine. Look for some photos of Guenter Seidel or some of the taller male event riders for perspective.
            Last edited by sparkygrace; Oct. 7, 2019, 10:35 PM.


              Another "pony" rider in the mix! I'm pushing 5'6 and my tallest horse is 14.3. I have two stout 14hh stock horses, a 14.2 Morgan, and a 14.3 ArabX. The 14hh paint is my current main ride. I prefer them small and handy.

              Cute Morgan! They are the best. I would love another one day..


                I don't think you look too big either, and he looks like a lovely type. Go for it!!!

                I hate to be a downer, but I do wonder if that saddle in the pic is a little too long for his back though. He might need something without the extended panels to suit both of you.


                  Adults riding ponies is fine!
                  I had a 13.1 welsh that I rode for years whenever she was between leases. I could only show her in the little adult 2'6 classes, but she was so much fun--brave, scopey and forgiving. (picture below) Click image for larger version

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                  I currently have a reg 1/2 welsh (1/2 QH) 2yo who looks to top out as a mid-sized large. I'll wait till he's 4yo to start him, but I think he'll be a fun pony to hunt, maybe drive, and just have fun with. If the pony is sturdy and you're balanced, don't worry about what it looks like--just have fun!!
                  A good man can make you feel sexy, strong, and able to take on the world.... oh, sorry.... that's does that...



                    Originally posted by TheJenners View Post
                    I just bought a medium pony, I'm 5'4'' in my boots. You'll be fine! I love ponies and have decided to embrace it.
                    Say what? “”I just bought a pony” is not a casual throwaway lead in sentence to a comment.
                    Its a thread unto itself
                    You too
                    eta: I see now Jenner’s your thread on tack. Congratulations


                      My Arab is 14 HH amd Im 5'0 but I'm also a little plump and he carries me just fine. He's often frisky enough for a few bolts and sometimes crowhopping or a buck or two (just his typical not getting his way tantrums).

                      Pony looks like a sturdy little fellow so go for it OP! Enjoy your pretty boy.


                        I will also chime in about loving ponies. Just love them. This is coming from a gal that will ride anything, from ponies to drafts. Love love love ponies. Best mount I ever slung a leg over was a 14 hand Arab mare. She will always be the horse in which I measure all others. Enjoy your pony!!
                        Just like our eyes, our hearts have a way of adjusting to the dark.--Adam Stanley


                          I'm the same height and my main guy is 13.2h. I'm teaching my 12h, too.
                          as long as the horse can comfortably carry you, its fine.


                            so glad to see this post- I just got a 14H pony and I feel like I look too big for him in the pictures but I dont feel that way when I ride him. Im 5'5" and he is quite round and stocky. I always wanted a pony and I love seeing other adults on them!


                              Have you ever been to a morgan horse show? Arab show? AQHA? You look fine. I competed my 13 hand pony through PSG in dressage. I'm 56 and 5'2" and weigh 110. I currently ride a 14.2 pony and am competing at second level. My ponies are welsh cobs so stout; but, so is the Morgan breed by and large. Your Morgan is really nice BTW.
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                                I'm 5'2 and I was doing competitive 3' jumpers at A and AA USEF shows on a pony/hony (he was right on that 14.2 line) for years. I briefly did the giant warmblood thing for a year, found that to be too much, and went and bought a hunter hony this time. He was 14.3 when I got him but had a huge growth spurt and is just over 15h now. We still call him a pony though, force of habit.

                                Ride what you're comfortable on and what brings you joy. Life is too short to worry about it. Power to the wee adults on wee beasties.


                                  Originally posted by Chall View Post

                                  Say what? “”I just bought a pony” is not a casual throwaway lead in sentence to a comment.
                                  Its a thread unto itself
                                  You too
                                  eta: I see now Jenner’s your thread on tack. Congratulations
                                  Yes well I'm trying to be super chill about it so I don't annoy my nearest and dearest
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                                  "I am all for reaching out, but in some situations it needs to be done with a rolled up news paper." Alagirl


                                    I'm 5'8 and I ride a 14.1hh pony. I know I look taller than ideal for him, but we're not trying to win the type of classes where that matters. He carries me happily and takes up my leg. We jump 2'6-2'9 courses, clean up at dressage schooling shows, and trail ride.

                                    The build of the pony is a little bit more important than their height. I've ridden equally sized ponies that I felt huge on because they were of slight build. Yours looks pretty substantial and I think you two look like a fine pair.


                                      I have hunted 14h Connemara/Welsh pony for years. She jumps everything and keeps up on coyote runs with no problem. I am not the only adult on a pony in our field, either.


                                        Originally posted by DiamondJubilee View Post
                                        I all own and ride is ponies (13.2 - 14.2h)! You look great on him. No worries, enjoy!
                                        Me too!
                                        My retired dressage pony is 14.2 and now my main ride is 13.2. We also have a great 13.3 trail pony, with two 11hh pets.


                                          5'7 on 13hh pony here!

                                          he is the easiest boy and a pleasure to train