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post #1 of 10 Old 05-28-2013, 11:16 AM Thread Starter
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Too tall for for my horse?

So just curious what ya'll think. I'm 5'7 and normal frame. not skinny but not fat. I have a 15'2 Arab/saddle bred and a 16'2 TB. I not worried about looking tall on my tb but I'm afraid in the show ring ill make my 15'2 horse look like a min horse. I have seen a 6'3 man ride a 13 hand high pony ( don't worry she was a draft pony and he was skinny so she was fine. She was a lesson pony and was being a brat so he hoped on and the had a little talk ) and I feel like that's how I look on my Arab. He's not as dainty as other Arabs. I have even been asked if he has quarter horse in him. But any way what do you guys think? Would I be better off just showing my TB?
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post #2 of 10 Old 05-28-2013, 11:26 AM
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57" on a 15h2 sounds fine to me. My boyfriend is 6 and rides a 14h2...
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post #3 of 10 Old 05-28-2013, 12:03 PM
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Nope, you're not too tall for the Arab, or the TB. Why do you care? Are you planning to show, and someone suggested that you don't LOOK good on one or the other?

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post #4 of 10 Old 05-28-2013, 12:25 PM
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I'm 5'9" and my gelding is 14.3 but should finish out around 15.1. I look tall on my boy but as long as YOU feel comfortable then nothing else should matter. 5'7 on a 15.2 sounds perfectly normal to me
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post #5 of 10 Old 05-29-2013, 03:25 PM
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As long as your feet aren't hanging way below his belly I think you would be just fine on him. I'm 5'8" and not exactly tiny either, and I event on my 15.1hh TB mare, and no one says anything except how amazing she jumps for such a little girl. Personally I wouldn't worry about it.

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post #6 of 10 Old 05-29-2013, 03:45 PM
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It really depends on his barrel and how much of your leg he takes up. I've seen some taller horses that had smaller barrels that didn't look good under a rider, then I've seen that same rider on a shorter horse with a bigger barrel and they looked just fine.

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post #7 of 10 Old 05-29-2013, 04:39 PM
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yes you are way way too tall. You should just let me take that Arab saddlebred off your hands , wouldnt want you to embarrass yourself.

I am 6 foot. I just started riding my 15.1 walker after about a year on my 16.1 walker, and that 4 inches does make getting on and off much easier and the ground just a bit softer when you hit it.
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post #8 of 10 Old 05-29-2013, 04:51 PM
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It all depends on how you feel on the horse. I am 5'6 1/2 inches and I showed a 15 hand Arab back in the day. I personally prefer a much bigger horse but if you are of a decent weight, then you should be fine.
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post #10 of 10 Old 05-30-2013, 04:32 PM
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Ofcourse you won't! I'm about 5.5/5.6 and mine is 15hh and sometimes I ride a 12.2hh pony, I know a lot of you reading this would probably say I shouldn't be but its normally only twice a week and he loves it otherwise he would've thrown me off,. I don't think you'll be too big, who cares what it looks like anyway? As long as you and the horse is happy why should it bother anyone?

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