I hope this isn't a silly question, but I'm looking for advice. In the last year I've been getting back into riding after about 15 years off.
I spent quite a while looking for the right horse. I was originally looking to buy an OTTB, but I stumbled across this Arabian and kind of fell in love with her. Not necessarily what I would call a rescue situation, but she definitely needed love and attention.
I originally just planned to get some weight on her and get her restarted under saddle to do some trail riding or a bit of pleasure riding. But she has been doing so well that I'm thinking about maybe trying a couple of shows next year - just small 4-h or local Arabian shows. Hunter under saddle or some dressage - no jumping.
My question is, do you think I am too large or long-legged to compete on this horse? I was heartbroken as a 16-year old when a judge told me I was too big for my 14.2hh arab, and that ended my showing career.
I'm horrible at measuring, but i'd say she is on the upper side of 14.3, possibly 15 hands. I'm 5'7" and long-legged.
I'd like to add that I'm not going to get rid of this horse or trade her in for something bigger. I'm committed to her and not going to get rid of her just because I might be "too big". She's an arab and short-backed, so I think she can handle my weight without problems. I'm just curious as to what your thoughts would be on showing her. Don't be afraid to be honest. Thank you!