Horse size VS rider size

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  • Height of horse vs rider age
  • Height & weight of rider for 15.1 horse

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    12-17-2012, 03:50 AM
Horse size VS rider size

Hey, not really sure which forum to put this under so hope here will do. Anyway I'm currently looking at a few horses for sale and I'm about 5'7-5'8 and about 65kg.

One of the horses is 15hh and a very stocky stationbred (a term used for horses raised on stock stations) would my height/weight be okay for him or too much for him to handle really?

If not what ideal height and size of horse would you recommend?

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    12-17-2012, 05:57 PM
I think that sounds fine. You might be a smidgen tall for him, but it really depends on how large his barrel is.
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    12-17-2012, 06:13 PM
I think he can handle you but with riding english taller horses are seen much more
    12-17-2012, 07:24 PM
Your weight would be fine. The only problems you would encounter would be if you took him to hack shows, they would judge you too tall for him (I am 5'4" and would probably just be able to get away with a 15hh). However, if you aren't a showie, then go for it, he can handle your weight perfectly fine.
    12-25-2012, 10:07 PM
I have the opposite, I'm 5'3 and my horse is 17.2hh, but he is very slender so it LOOKS like I'm bigger than I really am. A horse can carry a rider who is 1/3 of his weight just fine, so I wouldn't really worry about that, its the leg. If he's slender you might be a bit to big for him, if he's stocky in the barrel you'll fit just fine.
    12-26-2012, 04:10 PM
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The weight's definitely fine. Height is a personal preference- I'm short and have short legs, so I specifically wanted a shorter horse when I was looking. We're proportional to each other, even if he looks like a pony next to my BO's gigantic Hanoverian

I wouldn't discount the shorter horse without at least going for a test ride. If you feel comfortable on him, then you're good to go!
    12-27-2012, 03:13 AM
You are the only person who can answer that. I am 5'2" in boots and 50kg or thereabouts, and I prefer horses 16hh upwards. I feel "underhorsed" on my main riding horse, a 15.1hh solid built gelding, despite the fact that I look just fine on him, and feel like I'm a much better fit for my 16hh narrow TB filly, even though she actually takes up less leg [she's nearly 100kg lighter than my gelding, despite the fact that she's nearly a hand taller]... I have only sat on her once due to her young age and the soundness issues she has had, but she's sound now and will be backed late Feb to early March, all going according to plan.

I can ride anything 13hh or taller [leg-wise, not weight wise, I could ride a Miniature weight-wise and be just fine!] but my personal preference is for bigger horses.

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