Reply To: Ponies for Adults?

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There was a study of the effect of weight on horses that was done in Sweden and reported via the Blood Horse in this country; the study looked at the impact of the riders’ weights on the horses’ gaits, and discovered that when the rider’s weight exceeded 20 per cent of the horse’s, there was disruption of the gait. This is the only scientific study I’m aware of on the subject of riders’size; I think the take home is match the adult to the pony by weight, and then rider height for the safety and comfort of both.