Monday, April 6, 2009

Small horses: Pros and cons

On the website for the training contest Fugly Horse of the Day blogged about on Sunday, I found this page on George, a small (13.3 hands) horse who was one of the rescue horses trained in the competition.

Scroll down just about three posts, and you'll see an entry on "Advantages to Owning a Smaller Equine" and "Horses Under 14 Hands — Tips Learned the Hard Way!" These lists made me laugh out loud, because with my horse being at 14 hands on the nose, I know exactly what she means.

I'd add two advantages to owning a smaller horse, though:

6) It's not as far to fall,

and

7) It doesn't hurt if they step on your feet accidentally.

As for the tips — I'm well acquainted with all of those except for the first one. Panama is small enough that he's actually succeeded in turning sideways in a fairly small trailer, so the rump strap is actually the least of my worries. And right now I'm trying to find a nice trail bridle and a bareback pad that will fit him.

There are many advantages to owning a smaller horse, but there are also some downsides, too — most of them having to do with the expectations of the rest of the horse world, and not with the horse itself!

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