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post #21 of 32 Old 12-16-2010, 08:40 AM
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As mentioned by other posters, horse rider fit is influenced by: discipline, horse's conformation, rider's conformation, and the amount and level of work you expect to do.

It's impossible to judge from a rider just posting their height and weight and the horse's height.

In general, gaited horses and western discipline horses can carry bigger and taller riders because 1.) the horses do not move with a long stride or lots of suspension and 2.) the rider does not ride with their lower leg on the horse.

In hunters, jumpers and dressage horses, the rider needs to wrap their lower leg on the horses barrel, or at the very least have contact between their lower leg and the horse's barrel. An experienced or skilled rider may adapt their postion and stirrup length to school a smaller animal but they compromise their security somewhat doing so.

In hunter seat equitation, and to a smaller extent, the collective mark for rider's position in dressage, that the rider "fit" the horse is critcal in order to demonstrate correct, secure position.

For example: I have a 14.2 hand foundation bred QH that's built like a brick with legs. He was ridden by a large man (5' 10", 240 pounds,) in rodeo events successfully. I am 5' 7" and plump. I trail ride this little guy but only jump him lightly. He takes up my leg fairly well but it would be easy for me to unbalance him with my upper body. If I wanted to seriously condition him for fitness, I would get a smaller rider to ride him part of the time or pony him on alternate days as I think packing my weight six days a week for extended periods at a long, swinging trot would be too hard on him.

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post #22 of 32 Old 12-16-2010, 04:03 PM
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I'm 5'8. My horse is 17.2, although I look perfectly proportionate on some of the other horses I've ridden, (15.0-16.0 hands). I think it depends on the proportions of both the rider and the horse. I've ridden a 15.0 paint with a heavy build and looked fine. There was one 16.3 horse I rode, and I looked like a flag pole on her, because she was slimly built.

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post #23 of 32 Old 12-16-2010, 04:14 PM
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I'm 5'10", my horse is 17 hands and I find that just perfect. I like the way we look but mainly and work together, I have longs legs which is not such a bad thing for dressage. Though obviously many things are based on conformation and other things like it was said before, I really think we fit each other very well.
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post #24 of 32 Old 12-17-2010, 10:47 AM
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As mentioned by other posters, horse rider fit is influenced by: discipline, horse's conformation, rider's conformation, and the amount and level of work you expect to do.

It's impossible to judge from a rider just posting their height and weight and the horse's weight.

In general, gaited horses and western discipline horses can carry bigger and taller riders because 1.) the horses do not move with a long stride or lots of suspension and 2.) the rider does not ride with their lower leg on the horse.

In hunters, jumpers and dressage horses, the rider needs to wrap their lower leg on the horses barrel, or at the very least have contact between their lower leg and the horse's barrel. An experienced or skilled rider may adapt their position and stirrup length to school a smaller animal but they compromise their security somewhat doing so.

In hunter seat equitation, and to a smaller extent, the collective mark for rider's position in dressage, that the rider "fit" the horse is critcal in order to demonstrate correct, secure position.

For example: I have a 14.2 hand foundation bred QH that's built like a brick with legs. He was ridden by a large man (5' 10", 240 pounds,) in rodeo events successfully. I am 5' 7" and plump. I trail ride this little guy but only jump him lightly. He takes up my leg fairly well but it would be easy for me to unbalance him with my upper body. If I wanted to seriously condition him for fitness, I would get a smaller rider to ride him part of the time or pony him on alternate days as I think packing my weight six days a week for extended periods at a long, swinging trot would be too hard on him.

HTH

Perfect post! I think this sums it up very nicely.
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post #25 of 32 Old 12-17-2010, 11:29 AM
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I am 5'1 and my horse is about 15.2hh. She can carry good weight though.
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Totally agree with Maura! Great post.
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post #27 of 32 Old 12-17-2010, 12:28 PM
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i am 5"3 one is 16hands, one is 17hh,17.1,16.2 they are all well behaved i also ride short stirrups and i find them fine too ride they no who is boss :)
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post #28 of 32 Old 12-17-2010, 01:07 PM
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I have to agree with everyone about depending on the horse, not just that you post heights. Im 5'5" and I have a 15.3 TB, who I fit on fine, but I did ride a 17.1 TB for a while and showed my friends QH who was 15-15.1. It all depends on the specific horse/rider combo.
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post #29 of 32 Old 12-17-2010, 01:30 PM
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I like the way we look but mainly and work together, I have longs legs which is not such a bad thing for dressage.
Uh, that was supposed to read "I like the way we look but mainly work together, I have long legs which is not such a bad thing for dressage."

I swear I wasn't drunk.
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Uh, that was supposed to read "I like the way we look but mainly work together, I have long legs which is not such a bad thing for dressage."

I swear I wasn't drunk.
Lol, I was trying to figure that one out.
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