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post #1 of 8 Old 03-25-2012, 05:07 PM Thread Starter
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Question new to the horse world

my husband and i just purchased a home on 2 acres and my dream of owning a horse is finally coming to a reality. the only problem i'm having is trying to find a horse my husband and i can ride comfortably. i'm 5'8 and he is 6'1. what size is too small for us? we don't want to look like giants. does anyone have any suggestions?
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post #2 of 8 Old 03-25-2012, 06:05 PM
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I'm 5"9 and my horse is a little over 15 hands and about 1275-1300 lbs. He works well for me and is perfect size for me and my husband who is about 5"11. I would suggest when looking at your potential horse to both ride him/her and make sure you both are completely comfortable. You may find that you both like different heights and may need to settle on an in-between. It's all about your preference but good luck and I hope you find a wonderful match for you both!

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I'm 6'4" and look fine on our Paints (14.2-15hh). Stock horses (Paint/QH/Appy) have large barrels that take up a lot of leg.

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I'd shoot for 15 hands, but anything above 14.2 should be fine. Quarter Horses, Paints, Thoroughbreds and Morgans are usually this size.

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post #5 of 8 Old 03-25-2012, 06:48 PM
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Agree with Paint :). Larger barreled horses take up more leg so a smaller size might work for your combined heights...15.2 or better. Smaller barreled horses, like thoroughbreds, don't take up as much leg so someone who is really tall, or long legged, would need a larger horse.

I am 5'6 and my horse is a 16.2 Thoroughbred but he is built more like a stockier Trakehner. I have been on horses, quarterhorses, at 15.2 and had no problems. If you compare it, at 5.8 you would be the same height as a 17 hand horse; your husband, 18.1 hands.
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post #6 of 8 Old 03-25-2012, 06:51 PM
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It isn't so much the size of the horse as it is the balance and ability of the rider and the fitness of the horse. I would suggest yourself and your husband enlist the assistance of a trainer who can work with you both and then help you find the mount that is a good match - I would, however, suggest considering not looking for just one horse for the both of you so much as to find two horses. Not only will you be meeting the horses' herd animal needs, but you will also enable yourselves to find a mount fit for each of you rather than searching for one horse to fit what may turn out to be two very different riders AND you'll be able to enjoy riding together instead of having to ride separately all the time.
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My best advice to you is to find a barn where they give lessons. They will steer you in the direction of which horse will suit you both & your riding skills, which will be much better after having instruction. Not having owned horses before & to jump in with both feet is not much fun.
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My best advice to you is to find a barn where they give lessons. They will steer you in the direction of which horse will suit you both & your riding skills, which will be much better after having instruction. Not having owned horses before & to jump in with both feet is not much fun.
Agree. There are so many more factors that go into buying a horse.
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