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post #21 of 27 Old 07-31-2014, 04:17 AM
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Originally Posted by Eolith View Post
Fjords and Gypsies are pretty neat horses, but most of them are so wiide!! I'm a short person too, and in my experience it can be uncomfortable to sit on something so very wide (and thus sometimes difficult to ride effectively). Just something to keep in mind.

My current primary horse is a 15hh Kiger Mustang who has a bit of a lighter build. He's the perfect size for me. His temperament is also perfect -- I would say that he's somewhere between your average Arabs and Fjords/Gypsies.

I agree!! I am 5' 2 and have a small frame. Riding my boyfriends 16.1 hh QH or my sisters belgian morgan cross is a CHORE! not at all comfortable for me. My primary horse is a 14.2hh morgan paint cross and is pretty fine boned. He is light and quick on his feet and is very comfortable.
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^^You see, I'm 5'0", but I have a stockier, heavier build. So, a horse that is fine-boned won't work so well for me. I did ride a Gypsy, and it was enjoyable.
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post #23 of 27 Old 07-31-2014, 04:48 AM
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good! go with what ever works for you :) Everyone has different preferences.
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post #24 of 27 Old 07-31-2014, 08:04 AM
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If you volunteer at a therapeutic riding center that has a Fjord, you must know Eileen!

I must disagree with db about the breeds not being versatile. Drive 'em, ride 'em, show 'em in dressage, event ' much more do you want to DO?

Good Luck in your dream!
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If my friend greentree disagrees with me I must be wrong. I now stand corrected and humbly admit my ignorance. Shalom
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post #26 of 27 Old 08-01-2014, 08:04 AM
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Having both I can attest to the versatility of Belgians and Quarters. Mine are all expected to do anything I ask and to the best of their ability so that means riding, driving, trails, cross country, arena work including dressage. They each have one or two things they excel at but are competent at several other disciplines. In my experience working at a barn in PA individual Arabians have excelled at more diverse disciplines than other breeds I have worked with or owned but think that has much to do with their breeding and handling. When the time is right you will find the horse that suits you. Right now your experience is with gentle willing horses of all shapes and sizes at a therapy place. In the end you are looking at personality and a horse that is capable of doing whatever you are most interested in. It doesn't necessarily limit your breed choice but if you choose to compete it may limit the level you compete at. At 5' I would look more for comfort level mounting and dismounting in various situations and not so much about your weight unless you are grossly overweight and from pics that doesn't seem to be the case. If you ride well and are balanced your weight on a horse isn't going to be something you need to focus on.
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post #27 of 27 Old 08-01-2014, 10:36 AM
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I've got to chime in for the Haflingers. You want versatility, they've got it in spades. At lest the traditional cob styled ones and the more modern 'sporthorse' versions do, I can't speak for the super drafty short ones that became more prominent after WWII when they were used as packhorses, but the traditional and the sporthorse types that are making a come back are really something. I've ridden both modern and cob types, and they're great stuff indeed.

I've got a cob-like Haflinger (the middle ground) and he's grand. Rides -- we do our ring work in a dressage saddle, struts out on the trails in a western) and drives. He could probably jump too. Haflingers make great jumpers depending on their bloodline, but I'm almost afraid to teach him because that'd be a new method of escape for the Houdini Poneh.
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