Lead line pony.

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  1. Nov 1, 2016 #1

    Carly Rae

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    Hello,

    Within the next couple of weeks I am going to be gelding Kevin. Then I want to carry on with some training, pretty much desensitizing and some basic things, which he is surprisingly really good with. I want to make him my walking buddy to start with, and get him out and about and seeing some new things.

    Then in the future I want to train him as a lead line when I feel confident we have reached our goal.

    My question is, how much weight do you think he could handle safely? He was 40 inches when I measured him a few months ago, so he may be bigger, he is around 2 and a half years old?

    So I was hoping Kevin could maybe one day fill old Willow's shoes as a lead line. [​IMG]

    This is all for the future, but Id really appreciate some suggestions [​IMG]

    And here's some photos, the most recent is him in the saddle, which as a few months ago. He is shedding his winter coat now [​IMG]

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    He looks like he'll be PERFECT as a lead line pony! And the perfect size too. He looks like he's calm with the saddle on, which is a great start with training.

    Some folks on here use a calculation of size of pony versus weight they can carry. Hopefully someone will chime in with it. We had a priceless gelding who was 34 inches and stout boned who was our daughter's first riding steed......(Also a champion cart horse). The maximum we allowed on him was 60 lbs. (not sure what that is in stones). She then graduated to a slightly larger pony....who was about 46 inches and she weighed about 80 lbs. and was her first 4-H horse.

    Before putting too much weight on him, the first thing to be sure about is his growth plate in his knees. At 2 1/2 years old his knees probably haven't closed up yet.

    Your vet can probably tell you how to check, if you're unsure.

    Have fun with him!!!
     
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    Carly Rae

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    Thanks heaps Miniv [​IMG]

    When the vet comes out to geld him Ill ask about the growth plates [​IMG]
     
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    He looks cute in his saddle. I can't answer the exact weight question, but when I was a kid my first pony was 40 inches and she was a nice size to start out with. It's nice to hear that Kevin will be getting some "higher education" :)

    I hope you post pictures of his progress.

    Yours are shedding and mine are getting furrier every day!
     
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    The suggested maximum weight for a horse to carry is 20% of their own bodyweight. [i don't know kilograms, but... If a pony weighs 400#, then max weight for rider and tack combined is 80#.]
     
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