So, I know the weight-load that a horse bears should be no more than 20%of his body weight (on a healthy, fully sound horse)... but what exactly about height? Does anyone have some sort of ratio-ideal? I've never seen anything like that, lol.
For height-matching, my preference (personal) is that when the horse holds its head up, the poll should at least reach the top of the riders shoulders (no, please don't jerk your pony's head up - you can approximate). For overall height in general, I like to see the horses whithers meet the rider's shoulders when they are standing next to one another, or at the very least, their armpit. This usually seems to make for a prettier, more balanced image to me. Does that sound reasonable?
Due to the fact that your pony's head comes approximately to just below your chest, I would definitely say you are too tall for your pony now :-/ As another poster mentioned - you also look like you have outgrown your saddle. With your rear positioned right on the cantle, it kind of pitches you forward some (I know this from my own experiences with saddle fitting and it is evident in the pics - you have a pretty noticeable anterior tilt to your pelvis caused by the saddle, and in an attempt to stay upright, you are compensating by arching your lower back). Good luck - I know it may be heartbreaking to have to find a new show-buddy if you wish to continue in your horsey adventures!
Last edited by leonalee; 08-11-2010 at 01:13 PM.