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post #1 of 5 Old 09-20-2010, 08:10 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Is this horse to small for me...please answer fast

I am looking at a horse to hopefully buy. He is 13.5 hh and is healthy, sound a 16 years old.

I am 5 foot 3 inches and 95-105 pounds.

Am I too big for him, to comfortably ride him. He is half quarter horse, half arabian.

Also,
What is the smallest horse I can comfortably ride?
And what is the biggest person you would put on this horse.

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post #2 of 5 Old 09-20-2010, 08:15 PM
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Also,
What is the smallest horse I can comfortably ride?
And what is the biggest person you would put on this horse.

Thank you
I answered you in your other post.

As far as the above question, it just depends. As I said before, it would be easier to evaluate if there was a photo available.

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post #3 of 5 Old 09-21-2010, 11:41 PM
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Is he big enough?

A rule of thumb I have heard is that the horse should be expected to carry no more than 20% of his weight in gear and passenger. That being said, I would use it as a guideline only. Is he a slight build or is he stocky and muscular? It is really hard to say with only his height to go by. Also, what style of riding do you prefer? If your gear is light then you have a little more wiggle room. I hope this is helpful.
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post #4 of 5 Old 09-22-2010, 09:28 PM
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If you're a good rider (not bouncy), the saddle fits well, and the horse is "fit", then you can ride most horses over 750 lbs. However, it depends on the conformation of the horse, the horse's fitness level, the length of the horse's back, what kind of riding you will do, and what kind of rider you are.

Also, there is no such measurement of 13.5hh. If the horse is 13 and 1/2 hands, then it's typed 13.2h. There are 4" in a hand, so it's typed 13h, 13.1h, 13.2h, 13.3h, and 14h.
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post #5 of 5 Old 09-22-2010, 11:12 PM
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Are you sure it is 13 and a half hands? It would technically be a pony then.
Arabs are very strong for their size and many foundation QH are only 14.2 hands and carry a man out there cutting cows.
16 years is getting on a little bit, thoug.
Has this horse been ridden consistently? If it has not then it will not be in very good shape. His back muscles will need to be built up slowly and you will need to be sure of a good saddle fit. As for you, Your weight is not a problem, in my opinion. I weigh nearly two of you!
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