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post #11 of 18 Old 10-14-2013, 10:02 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you so much for the input. I really do appreciate it!

I think today, 20 years later, I would just figure it was a bad judge who probably shouldn't have been judging at all. But when you're 16 and eat, sleep and breathe the horse you've raised from a filly, you take it to heart.

It just seems like everywhere I look the horses are so BIG! Good to know that even though this horse may be on the small side, it's still reasonable for me to ride and attempt to show her. Thanks so much!
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post #12 of 18 Old 10-17-2013, 09:03 PM
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You are just fine on that horse. The rule you should follow with horses, is you dont want to be weigh more than 20% of the horse's body weight. Thats a relative guideline of course based on the breed and build of the horse. It also depends how you are build as a rider.

You have a very long leg(lucky!), but I definitely wouldn't say you are to big for the horse you are riding in the picture.
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post #13 of 18 Old 10-17-2013, 10:14 PM
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Your fine!!!! Go for it have fun!! I think if you are over 150lbs that your horse shouldn't be any shorter than 15hh. I'm 5'8 and probably somewhere around 150lbs+ idk and my horse is 16HH but my lesson horse is a stealthy 15HH and she doesn't even think twice!

Btw she is gorgeous you look great on her I bet you two will do great together!

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post #14 of 18 Old 10-18-2013, 12:12 AM
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Originally Posted by LyraFreedom View Post
...I think if you are over 150lbs that your horse shouldn't be any shorter than 15hh...
OK, I'll bite. What in the heck is wrong with someone over 150 lbs riding a 14.3 horse? What evidence is there of virtually any relationship between height of horse and weight of rider?

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post #15 of 18 Old 10-19-2013, 04:36 AM
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Well, not that my opinion means anything, but I think you lok perfect on her :)

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post #16 of 18 Old 10-20-2013, 09:30 PM
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I'm 5'4, 120 lb, and ride a pretty small pony when he needs some straightening out. I'm not even the tallest/heaviest person to ride him! He does jumps with a girl quite a bit bigger than me.

Honestly, its not the size of the horse or the person, but the horse's fitness level. If a horse is fit, it's much more important to match horse and rider by their level of experience/training etc than size.
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post #17 of 18 Old 10-20-2013, 10:15 PM
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You are fine! Don't worry!

I'm 5"1' and 145 pounds. I ride a ton of size ranges. I own a 15.2 SSH and a 14.2 Arabian. My Arabian fits my body better than my SSH. I can also comfortably ride a 13.2 pony of the Americas. As long as you don't feel unbalanced, you can ride any size horse you like. Other than just having enough substance between you legs to balance, there is no relation between rider height and horse height.
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post #18 of 18 Old 10-22-2013, 07:30 AM
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Originally Posted by LyraFreedom View Post
I think if you are over 150lbs that your horse shouldn't be any shorter than 15hh.
I think if that were true there would be a lot of stocky, well-muscled 14-15 hand horses on the market right now with no place to go. Height has little to do with weight carrying ability.

I'm quite sure my stocky 14.2 hand mustang has at least equal, if not higher, weight carrying capacity than my 16.1 hand TB mare with thinner legs and longer pasterns.

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