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    06-11-2009, 07:31 PM
horse - rider size

I am looking for a new horse, and came across this guy. He rides beautifully and will pack you around a 3'6" course with no problem. My only concern is that on the AQHA circuit he is one of the smallest horses at 16H, and he is very light bodied. Now, I'm not very tall but I feel like I dwarf him. What do you guys think? Am I too big for him in the hunter ring or not?
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    06-11-2009, 07:41 PM
Is that you riding? I think you guys look like a good match!
    06-11-2009, 07:41 PM
I think he's a lovely size for you :)
    06-11-2009, 07:46 PM
If that is you riding in the pictures, then I absolutely think you are a perfect match for each other. I think all too often people think they need these massive horses and these tall, lanky horses. When in fact, I believe a horse should fit you as the rider. And by this I mean your legs should fit nicely around the barrel, and you should be able to maneuver the horse easily with your aids.

I have ridden ponies, and large horses. I am only 5'2", and although I feel confident no matter the size of the horse, over my many years I find it is always easier to maneuver a horse that is more fitting to my size, somewhere between 15h-15.3h.

Anyhow, that's my two cents. I think you fit each other perfectly. :)
    06-11-2009, 07:53 PM
Wow, I'm used to the western side of AQHA - where 16hh is BIG. None of my three are over 15.2hh, and my Daisy is only 14.2 - and I'm 5'4".

I think you guys look perfect together, honestly. I prefer a smaller horse - I can't swing up on the big tall ones. ;]
    06-11-2009, 07:57 PM
Yeah, that is me. He's just the smallest horse I've been on in a long time. I'm currently on a 16.3 3/4 TB, and my QH before him was 16.2, and both had bigger bodies.

QH has gotten too big - heck 17h seems to be average at the large shows for HUS. But even at 16H, this guy just floats down the lines like he isn't having to work, unlike alot of horses where they seem to be pushing the pace. I still have quite a few horses to look at, but like this guy because he is just so easy. We'll have to see.
    06-11-2009, 08:02 PM
I wouldn't worry about anything but how it feels to ride him.

In my buying experience, I have learned that what you fall in love with is not always what you went to buy. I went to buy FLASHY paints or QHs - came home with three solid chestnuts. I wouldn't trade them for anything. Then, when I bought my two flashy girls - my grulla QH and my palomino QH - they didn't have the personality I wanted them to have, or move the way I wanted them to.

You just have to go in with an open mind - you'll take home the one that's right for you if you just let that horse find you.

Good luck!
    06-11-2009, 09:22 PM
I'm 5.5 and I sometimes ride a 14.1hh grey mare at my riding school. Now, I wouldn't CHOOSE to buy that size a horse for me, if I could help it, but she's an excellent pony, despite being small, and carries people around 5.8 without a problem. I would rather buy a 15hh, 16hh horse horse which I'm comfortable on and can carry me without a problem than go out and buy a 16.3-17hh horse which is too strong for me and that I can't control. :)
You two look great! Perfect size. If you're comfortable on him, then I wouldn't worry that he's the smallest horse in the circuit!
    06-11-2009, 09:28 PM
Green Broke
You guys look great together and it looks like you are the perfect size for him!

My horse is nearing 17HH and I am 5'2" :) haha. But I have ridden ponies that are 13.3HH and have not had a problem.
    06-11-2009, 10:09 PM
Green Broke
To be honest, I think you'd look sillier on a bigger horse, in terms of the show ring. I think he's absolutely a perfect size for you, he fills your leg up well, and you both compliment each other.

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