Am I too big for her?

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Am I too big for her?

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    10-12-2011, 04:33 AM
Am I too big for her?

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    10-12-2011, 04:35 AM
I don't think so. She looks to have a fair amount of bone and she doesn't look to be straining to carry your weight. How tall is she? She takes up your leg nicely (although she looks like she might be a bit on the tubby side?).
    10-12-2011, 04:41 AM
From a purely visual perspective (performance aside), I'd say yes. Your torso seems to tower over her and her legs look a bit short under you.

But I would guess that performance is more important that visual perspective :)
    10-12-2011, 04:50 AM
She's on the higher end of 14 hands. I'm 5'6 180. I had my stirrups a little higher than I like. I don't consider her "tubby" she's very stalky and muscular. I just feel like she's way to small for me when I ride her I feel bad =(
    10-12-2011, 04:57 AM
Are there other horses available for you to ride of different heights and builds? I wonder if you might just "click" with another size if you try out a few.

Also, I'm no expert but you mentioned your stirrup length. Is the saddle too small overall?
    10-12-2011, 05:04 AM
I also ride a 16hh TB gelding. Yes the saddle is a bit snug lol I enjoy riding her tho
    10-12-2011, 05:54 AM
I would say not to big at all, she looks well capable of carrying you.
    10-12-2011, 07:11 AM
I think she's fine. A friend rode my 14.2 arab, she's 6'. She was hesitant at first but after a few minutes called my mare a, "Big little horse." My horse had no problem & she is not built like that mare you're riding.

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    10-12-2011, 08:06 AM
A horse can carry 20% of their body weight, your fine.
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    10-12-2011, 12:38 PM
I don't think you're too big but I do think the saddle size/fit is making the overall picture look off.

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