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Old 10-07-2012, 12:27 PM   #1
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I have always wondered what is a safe weight for a rider to be on a small pony ie a Welsh A and B so not overly chunky I have always ridden ponies but now as I am getting older and hmmm fatter lol!!! thinking should I still ride them this is NOT in competition just at home and trail rides etc...educating them now for my kids,.. .Is 55 - -60 kgs body weight with a light weight saddle say synthetic...still safe for a 11.2hh or 12.2hh pony? Have there been studies done on the health effects? Also I know rider height plays an important part as well due to balance and riders legs obstructing ponies movement...
Never really thought about it much as I have always been very light under 52kgs..and average height...
Any info would be greatly appreciated!!

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Old 10-07-2012, 01:56 PM   #2
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I know of one study that showed that horses asked to regularly carry more than 20% of their bodyweifght (including saddle) were more prone to muscle and tendon injuries than those that were carrying lighter weights..
An 11hh/12hh pony is still going to tip the scales at 300 - 350 kilos and up depending on how chunky they are so that gives you 60 to 65 kilos to play with.
I would say you'd be OK. I weigh a LOT more than that and I have no issue jumping on our 12.2 pony when he needs a tune up - but I'm not up there all day every day.
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In a pcawa competition, you have to be under 53kg to ride a pony under 12.2hh i believe. So you will be absoultly fine!
I also heard about the 20% thing
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Thanks guys, I would only be riding her a few times a week with the odd trail ride I need to educate as kids are a long way off doing that but don't want to do any injuries to pony!!
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