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    02-06-2010, 01:11 AM
  #1
Foal
I think i'm too tall for my horse?

Jack is about 15.1-15.2
And i'm about 5'7.

I want to jump him, do you think i'm too tall for him?
The stirrups have to go down pretty far.

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    02-06-2010, 01:26 AM
  #2
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Quote:
Originally Posted by SydLovesJackers    
Jack is about 15.1-15.2
And i'm about 5'7.

I want to jump him, do you think i'm too tall for him?
The stirrups have to go down pretty far.

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Show us a photo of you two together.

I suspect you are just fine. I evented this QH that was only a little over 15 hands and I am over 5'09". We did well up to the day he sold.

     
    02-06-2010, 01:28 AM
  #3
Foal
I don't have any pics of me riding him because my mom is allergic and doesnt really like to be around them, but I will try to get one up soon!
     
    02-06-2010, 01:31 AM
  #4
Weanling
I am 5'7" too, and I ride a 15 hh QH. My instructor's son and husband are both 6' + and ride 15 and 15.2 hh horses too. I doubt you're too tall.
     
    02-06-2010, 01:36 AM
  #5
Green Broke
Height has little bearing, it is weight that is the kicker. If you aren't over 20% of his body weight, you are fine.
     
    02-06-2010, 01:41 AM
  #6
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Originally Posted by Allison Finch    
Show us a photo of you two together.

I suspect you are just fine. I evented this QH that was only a little over 15 hands and I am over 5'09". We did well up to the day he sold.

Lovely horse!
     
    02-06-2010, 12:49 PM
  #7
Weanling
I highly suspect you are NOT too big for your horse. You may LOOK a little tall, but I doubt he has any trouble carrying you and the two of you are probably fine together.

I am 5'9" and rode a large pony (a fine boned one too!) for most of the summer. We jumped twisty turny 2'9" jumper courses without a problem.

     
    02-06-2010, 01:17 PM
  #8
Banned
Height of horse and rider is irrelevant unless we're talking extremes, like a 13h pony and a 6' man.

A horse with a well-sprung ribcage will take up a lot of rider leg, making it quite possible for a tall rider to sit on them and look appropriate even if they are only 15h. On the other hand, a slab-sided horse takes up very little rider leg and is more appropriate to a shorter rider regardless of the horse's height.
     
    02-06-2010, 01:19 PM
  #9
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Quote:
Originally Posted by juniormylove    
I highly suspect you are NOT too big for your horse. You may LOOK a little tall, but I doubt he has any trouble carrying you and the two of you are probably fine together.

I am 5'9" and rode a large pony (a fine boned one too!) for most of the summer. We jumped twisty turny 2'9" jumper courses without a problem.

You are too tall for that horse and do not fit his frame. A horse of the same height, but with a well-sprung ribcage would suit you better.

A perfect example is in Alison Finch's post...same height of horse and rider, but that rider fits that horse because the horse is of an entirely different build.
     
    02-07-2010, 03:18 PM
  #10
Weanling
I ride pony mare about 13 hands and I am cca 170 centimetres tall. No problem, I think.

     

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