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  • Im 5'6 is my 14.4 hand horse too small for me?
  • 5'8" for 14.4 hands horse

 
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    12-11-2007, 06:10 PM
  #1
Foal
What Breed And What Size?

Im 5'8 or there about and im used to ride when I was little. I'm looking to buy a horse and get back into it all but I'm not sure how big or small I need him or her to be lol so if you no could you please tell me also give me some ideas on breeds please I like painted mostly. Also how do you work out what size horse to the person?? Thanks.. :D
     
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    12-11-2007, 06:19 PM
  #2
Started
I'm 5'8" and I've been told I look best on 16 to 17 handers. My favorite ride at the minute is a 16.1 tb. Because there is a huge Pony Club influence at my barn, I often end up excercising smaller horses and large ponies. 16 hands is about the point where the stride starts to feel "normal" as opposed to short and choppy. Over 17 is a workout:P
     
    12-11-2007, 10:19 PM
  #3
Trained
Im not entirely sure that there is a right or wrong answer to this :) obviously you wouldnt go for a shetland but as long as you feel comfortable on the horse that is the main thing. I think the main time you would have to look at getting a bigger horse was if you were on the heavy side.

I have three different sizes at the moment and they are all fine for me. I am 5'4. I have a 15.2h, a 16.3h and a 17.2 1/2h and I feel comfy on all and don't look too big or too small for any of them

Here is a link to some pics of me on my 16.3h
http://www.horseforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=4926&start=15

Me on my 15.2h
http://www.horseforum.com/viewtopic....r=asc&start=15

Now my 17/2 1/2h
http://www.horseforum.com/viewtopic....514&highlight=

For your preference, why not have a look at some quarter horses :)
     
    12-11-2007, 10:28 PM
  #4
Weanling
I tend too agree that there is no right or wrong answer here. I am a paint person and the horse in this Pic was 15'3. I am 5"7' so about the same hight as you - I have riden horses from abot 14'3 to 16'3 in the show pen and haven't looked silly on any of them.



Or 16'2

     
    12-12-2007, 07:20 AM
  #5
Foal
I'm scared to get a big horse because I havednt riden for so long plus im not a great rider but when man first rode a horse he didnt have an instructer so my plan is to try and teach myself. I just got to hold on and hope for the best lol. I don't want to get a horse to small because I'm scared I might be to tall or to heavy for it. Like I said im 5'7/5'8 around there somewhere and I weigh 9 stone 6 or near there. So if I get this tiny little pony of 14.4 hh im going to hurt him lol. But at this moment in time I don't have a job so I can't afford riding lessons. So I have to learn all I can about horse from the internet but its got to be better acterly doing it with the horse. Plus there aint an vertual stable to muck out yet lol. I don't even no the beginnings of riding. So a big horse really isnt for me at the moment but I don't want to buy a small one then have to buy a bigger one because I'm not made of money. :)
     
    12-12-2007, 09:31 AM
  #6
Showing
The taller the horse the farther it is to fall and the higher the stirrups for getting up there I am 5'8" and ride a 15.1 horse. But then I just turned 50 today (happy birthday to me!) so I'd have a little more trouble getting up there if she was taller. My last horse before Vida was a stocky draft pony QH mix that I believe was around 14.3 she carried me for many miles and I never felt silly riding her.
     
    12-12-2007, 12:21 PM
  #7
Foal
There isn't really any rule for this as it depends on horse weight and rider weight as well as the height of both.
I am personally about 6' and following one rule that is out there a horse should be approx. 1 hand shorter than you at the withers to look right meaning that in height terms I should have a horse around 17hh. However, when you take weight in to account (I'm quite lanky) I could look right on a horse around 15hh.
If you mean on a safety perspective you needn't really worry unless you are heavier than what would be expected for someone of your height. Obviously don't get a really small horse or a massive one but a horse between 14-16hh should be perfectly fine.
     
    12-16-2007, 09:59 PM
  #8
Weanling
I'm 5'6 and I ride my 14.1 Morgan gelding just fine. I look best on about a 15.2 hand mare that I sometimes ride.. but I think anywhere from 14.2-16/17 hands would be fine.. I think body type plays more a roll in how well you look on a horse than height.. My gelding is really stocky so my leg doesn't fall too low on him, but if he was narrower I might look oversized.
     
    12-16-2007, 10:06 PM
  #9
Started
One of my friend's is about 5 foot 4 and she had a 14.2hh horse that worked pretty good for her but she would never go any smaller. So it just depends on personal preferences and stuff. As said, there is really no right or wrong....it's all up to you and the horse.
     
    12-17-2007, 12:15 AM
  #10
Weanling
It could also depend on how stocky the horse is to how big you get, and how much you weigh. I am 5'7", 54kg/119lb (oooh, that makes me sound fat LOL!) and I ride a lean 14.3hh Appaloosa gelding. I look a bit to big on him (because of my height and because he is quite lean - his frame). But I can get on my friends 13.2hh STOCKY pony and look the right size on her.
     

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