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Join Date: Dec 2010
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Miniature horses are very rarely more than 38" tall. That's two feet shorter than you are. Riding a miniature would not only be extremely uncomfortable (your legs would be able to cross under the horse's belly) but could potentially seriously injure the mini.
I don't know what you weigh, but I am 4"11 (when stretching xD) and 85-90 pounds, which a little on the light side. I'm going to assume you're somewhere between 90 and 110 pounds. That being said, a horse should not be asked to carry more than 20% of it's bodyweight, meaning that you're going to need a horse that is atleast 500-600 pounds, or 13hh + especially if you're going to ride western (western saddles are 15-30 pounds)
I personally ride horses as small as 12hh, but only for quick 20 minute sessions to keep them tuned up and ready for our younger riders. I feel most comfortable though on a 13hh + horse.
A welsh, halfi, morgan, quarter pony, POA, small arabian, or something along those lines would be a good size for you, since they're generally 13-14.2hh. A 13hh horse's withers (highest point of back) would then be probably at your own shoulder, and a 14.2 hh pony's back would be level with your head.
A quarter pony would be a good option, as you suggested.
Just a word of advice though- it's generally better to get something that will always fit you, not just for now. With the economy like it is, horse sales are low and it will be hard to sell and buy a new horse in a year or two. Plus you tend to get attatched to the beasts.... ;)
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