Is 13.1hh to Small for a 5'4 rider?

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    04-20-2012, 09:36 AM
Is 13.1hh to Small for a 5'4 rider?

I've been looking at smaller horses as I have a 15'3h ex racer that is too big for me (not that i'm going to sell her!)

I've seen a New forest gelding, his a 3 year old, is CURRENTLY 13.1hh so could make a little bigger, (no more than 14h I don't think) which i'm interested in but wondered if his a little too small? I'm 5ft4" so not big and I don't weight anymore than 9 stone ish....

I've been told NF's can carry a stone per hand and i'm defiantly not 13 stone!

Any thoughts?

(this horse has never had a rider on his back and seems to been a good chunky pony)
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    04-20-2012, 09:47 AM
No. I ride a 13'2h pony and I'm 5'9" and 150lbs, granted we do look a little strange, but she handles me just fine. My friend rides her regularly too and she looks great, she's about your height.
    04-20-2012, 10:02 AM
I don't think it is one of my favorite rides is a 13.3. Im 5'10" 150.
    04-21-2012, 02:11 PM
I'd say it depends on how wide your pony is.
    04-21-2012, 02:15 PM
And what you plan on doing with the pony.
    04-21-2012, 02:21 PM
Originally Posted by maura    
And what you plan on doing with the pony.

Just a small bit of hacking and maybe some dressage tests for fun... I don't plan on competing or anything just general riding...
    04-21-2012, 07:39 PM
You should probably be fine, particularly if the pony is sturdy or big through the barrel.

If you feel secure on him, like you can wrap your leg on him and in general balanced, then it should be fine.
    04-21-2012, 11:35 PM
Specs is a 13.3hh pony, I'm about 5'2, and he is just right for me. When my legs dangle (and I have fairly long legs) my toes just barely pass his stomach, given that he's pretty plump . I'd say you'd be fine.
Heck, I rode a 10hh (and that's being generous) Shetland pony up until I was 11 years old!
    04-28-2012, 10:44 PM
Remembered this thread and had a friend snap a pic of me on my 13'2h pony this week. This girl keeps up all day with the big horses when I ride her and we ride hard. I never feel big when I'm riding her, but I sure look big! As I said I'm 5'9"

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    04-28-2012, 10:46 PM
Green Broke
I'm a bit over 5'8 and ride a 13.3 hand haflinger. Its more about the build of the horse than height.

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