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post #41 of 49 Old 08-10-2012, 08:15 PM
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LOL, usually when I'm riding those short legged, short backed horses, I normally don't even realize I've fallen until I'm picking myself up. One second I'm going along fine, the next second I'm sitting up from the ground either spitting out dirt or picking out stickers and wondering where in the hell my horse went.

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post #42 of 49 Old 08-10-2012, 08:31 PM
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LOL, usually when I'm riding those short legged, short backed horses, I normally don't even realize I've fallen until I'm picking myself up. One second I'm going along fine, the next second I'm sitting up from the ground either spitting out dirt or picking out stickers and wondering where in the hell my horse went.
Did you sneak over and ride Hickory lately? He has a habit of that..
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post #43 of 49 Old 08-10-2012, 08:52 PM
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LOL, Drum. Never rode Hickory but I get plenty of practice elsewhere. Heck, even that dang little mule that I'm riding is out of a cutting bred mare. Boy howdy, he's a catty little sunofagun.
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post #44 of 49 Old 08-10-2012, 09:02 PM Thread Starter
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Haha just the other day Wyn (my 14.2 mare) spooked while I was riding bareback in the pasture - one moment I was thinking "oh darn, she's going to spook" and the next I was standing, on my feet, in the pasture!!!
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post #45 of 49 Old 08-10-2012, 09:09 PM
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Hmm, I’m 5’1” when my hair is fluffy, however I‘ve always been very athletic and standard “petit” clothes don’t fit me because my bone structure for my size is quite substantial. ( read… “strong as an ox”.)

After my TB/track years, I always preferred taller horses. Hard to get me on anything smaller than 16hh and I loved the suspension-y feel to them as compared to smaller cat like horses. I didn’t mind one bit having to stand on a bucket to brush backs, braid manes/tails, trim ears, etc…

I really liked how “big” I felt on them, and the height over jumps was exhilarating. I rarely came off then and when I did I bounced really well.

Then I was away from horses for a while and during that time I both came to terms with my small size but still accomplished some things in life that people my size “can’t” do.
That seemed to really fix my “short person” issues.

While I was away doing those things, horses became big animals to me. Or rather I saw them how most people actually see them instead of how I used to see them.

When I came back to horses I really wanted a horse that was my size for both myself and my beginner son. Ended up with a 14.2hh gelding and I’m very happy that I can see over the back of my fat yellow pony.

He is just the right size and I no longer feel the need to be anything other than exactly what I am…. Even though it means having to order the kid‘s size gators because my legs are so short and continuing to wear kid‘s sized shoes just like I always have. LOL.
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post #46 of 49 Old 08-10-2012, 09:59 PM
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I'm 5'2 with a decently long torso. My barrel pony is 13.1 hands and my equitation/hunter pony is 14.2, we fit each other nearly perfectly and I still have alot of room between his belly and my heel (english). I recently got a 16.1 hand tank of a mare and I L O V E being so tall. My next horse will be at least 16 hands. I don't think I'd go over 16.3-17+hands because I really doubt I'll find a horse that big that I can get my legs around.

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post #47 of 49 Old 08-10-2012, 11:08 PM
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I'm 5'3" and my horse is 15.3. However, my other horse, a 14.2 Arab, supposedly fits better with me. I like my 15.3 horse. If you put me on something bigger, I feel sooooo tiny! However, I'm also very petite, so maybe that's why.

On a sort of relative note, the most awkward/annoying/weird/ugh thing in the world is being thin (I'm 110 lbs) and listening to people who are not fat but are bigger than you complaining about being fat. You can't agree with them, obviously, but if you say anything, they fake-glare at you and are like, "What are you, size negative 0?" Yes, actually got asked that once by someone that's maybe ten or twenty pounds more than me. And then when they complain about finding clothes that fit, you try to explain too that you have trouble finding clothes that fit, and then they scoff and say, "You can't have trouble, you're tiny!"

Yes, you can. My hips and my butt and my height never agree with each other, making finding jeans difficult. And my chest is bigger than my waist, which makes showing off your figure hard. And sometimes, things are just TOO BIG.
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post #48 of 49 Old 08-11-2012, 01:21 AM
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I never thought about how it would feel if, while mounted, my heel fell below my mount's belly. I suppose only really tall people ever find out. :)

There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.
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post #49 of 49 Old 08-11-2012, 03:25 AM
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Hi!

I'm 5ft1 - barely.. more so 5ft and my mare is 14.3 - just the right size for me. I have been on a 16hh gelding before and walked around on him with no troubles, as he's a real gentlemen to new riders. (i'm a beginner to the horse world)

I always thought I was short amongst my friends who ride as theyre all taller than me, but now reading the posts and that alot of people are short like me, I don't feel so little. ^_^
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