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post #1 of 16 Old 02-06-2010, 12:11 AM Thread Starter
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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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post #2 of 16 Old 02-06-2010, 12:26 AM
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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.

D:
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.

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i dont 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!
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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.


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Height has little bearing, it is weight that is the kicker. if you aren't over 20% of his body weight, you are fine.

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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.

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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.


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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.
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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.
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post #10 of 16 Old 02-07-2010, 02:18 PM
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I ride pony mare about 13 hands and I am cca 170 centimetres tall. No problem, I think.


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