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        03-26-2010, 09:43 PM
      #1
    Yearling
    Am I too big?

    Hey guys, me & my boyfriend were just chatting and the issue came up about being too big for horses (someone else was the topic) but it got me thinking maybe I'm too big for my horse? I know I'm riding the fence but I think I'm still an appropriate size. He's 14.1 and a half, I'm 5'3", but I'm mostly leg as you'll see. I've never had anyone comment on me being too big, but I haven't shown in two years
    Please note: this was my firs time riding in 6 months!! (my horses are home and I'm at uni!) Critiques of my riding are welcome, I am well aware my legs are too far under me (let's blame it on the 6 months out of the saddle ) and also one picture I'm flexing him so hard and I see what happened to his mouth, my boyfriend managed to catch the moment while this was happening and he was yelling "no don't flex so hard!!".
    Let me know what you think!
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        03-26-2010, 09:46 PM
      #2
    Yearling
    Not at all! I am 5'3 on a good day and occasionally ride a 13.3hh pony. He's stocky, and the saddle is lightweight, so my weight is no problem.

    As long as your legs aren't scraping the floor and as long as his back doesn't sink like, 6 inches when you hop on, you're fine.
         
        03-26-2010, 09:47 PM
      #3
    Foal
    You look fine on him.

    I'm curious what you mean your legs are too far under you. If you think that, maybe it's because of your 6 months out of the saddle. ;) You want a straight line head/shoulder/hip/heel... and these photos look like you're mostly spot on with your leg positon, though I hate that braced heel down look that so many hunters strive for. Your leg is ineffective like that, and in the one photo it's actually pushed your leg too far forward.
         
        03-26-2010, 09:49 PM
      #4
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by kelley horsemad    
    You look fine on him.

    I'm curious what you mean your legs are too far under you. If you think that, maybe it's because of your 6 months out of the saddle. ;) You want a straight line head/shoulder/hip/heel... and these photos look like you're mostly spot on with your leg positon, though I hate that braced heel down look that so many hunters strive for. Your leg is ineffective like that, and in the one photo it's actually pushed your leg too far forward.
    OH that's totally what I meant to say!! God, six months out of the saddle shouldn't have meant six months of riding knowledge out of my head!!
    I seem to have developed a wonderful chair seat.. Hmm.. and I don't even enjoy sitting in armchairs!
         
        03-26-2010, 09:53 PM
      #5
    Green Broke
    Oh noooo. You are nowhere near too big on him! I ride a 14.3hh horse and I'm 5'2" and sometimes I would worry too. But I'm just used to 17hh horses ;)

    You guys look great together!
         
        03-26-2010, 09:56 PM
      #6
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by eventerdrew    
    oh noooo. You are nowhere near too big on him! I ride a 14.3hh horse and I'm 5'2" and sometimes I would worry too. But I'm just used to 17hh horses ;)

    You guys look great together!
    Yeah in my area the current trend is for everyone to be on 17.3HH warmbloods. Next year I'm going to be in the market for a new horse and I have been checking out the ads already, I had myself convinced I needed a big 17HH powerhouse.
    I had a little epiphany the other day when I was like why would I ever need a horse that big! So I'm going to look for a horse around 16HH and if I need a big old powerhouse of a horse, then I'll look when the time comes haha.
    If my gelding (the one above) wasn't turning 20 this year I'd ride him forever!
         
        03-26-2010, 10:03 PM
      #7
    Green Broke
    Yeah I'm actually selling my 17hh horse. She's a 3/4 TB 1/4 Shire, a total POWERHOUSE, and too big for me. That combined with our personality clash, she needs to go.

    There is seriously no reason to have a horse that big when you are our height. Haha
         
        03-26-2010, 10:03 PM
      #8
    Banned
    If he hasent been worked in 6 mos I wouldent use the draw reins right away. Or is some one working him for you? I think you two fit each other great otherwise =]
         
        03-26-2010, 10:08 PM
      #9
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by barnprincess    
    if he hasent been worked in 6 mos I wouldent use the draw reins right away. Or is some one working him for you? I think you two fit each other great otherwise =]
    My boyfriend longes him (the correct way! Through the bit and over the poll. At least correct in my opinion) and does transitions and things, but he has a pretty good head carriage, and my method is to get his head where I want it, make my reins that length, and then make my draw reins that length + about 2 inches. That way if he gets too far off the mark for his head, the draw rein kicks in! A little weird but it works for me :)

    Also we didn't quite make it past a walk that day.. and the next day I thought I was going to need a wheelchair

    Choose horses over university! University makes you fat, lazy, and incapable of riding a horse comfortably! Hahahahaha jk.
         
        03-26-2010, 10:25 PM
      #10
    Super Moderator
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by eventerdrew    
    yeah I'm actually selling my 17hh horse. She's a 3/4 TB 1/4 Shire, a total POWERHOUSE, and too big for me. That combined with our personality clash, she needs to go.

    There is seriously no reason to have a horse that big when you are our height. Haha

    I'll take him!!

    I am almost 5'10" and I make 17 HH look like a pony. It's hard to find a horse that I look good on.

    I think the OP looks really good on her horse, so don't worry.
         

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