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post #1 of 6 Old 11-14-2011, 08:10 PM Thread Starter
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What is too short?

So I've been taking my time looking for a new horse for myself and my boyfriend (more for me but i'll be teaching him to ride as well). If i'm able to board at my friend's place the bf will probably be riding the friend's horses more than mine.

That being said - I keep finding Arabians that are all about 14.3 HH and such. My last arab was 15HH and I had her from the time I was 10 till I was 18. I really didn't mind her height but I did have to stretch a good bit to get to the stirrup!

I'm 5'5 and about 150 (I lift weights a lot.. I'm athletic build not out of shape kind.. but I guess weight is weight..)
The b/f is 5'10 and 190.

Think I should keep looking for 15HH and taller or do you think 14.3 may be ok? I think it would be fine for me - not sure about him.
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post #2 of 6 Old 11-14-2011, 08:14 PM
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There really isn't a difference between a 14.3 and a 15, I find anyway, it's only one inch difference. Those are the ideal heights. I'm 5'4 and my horse is 15 hands and that's just right for me. Although, getting on bareback from the ground is a chore...

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Like born to run says, one inch is hardly a difference. Horses can almost vary that much between shoeings.

Around 15hh is usually a pretty good height because I think they can be suitable for a really large of people. From tall, and slightly heavy people to short people, men, women and children. It's just a really good average height. Try the horse out though, see how you look on it. If your boyfriend isn't going to ride much I don't think it matters so much how the horse suits him, if he has a longer leg a fine arabian might be a little small for leg aids and looks, but I don't think it would have a problem carrying him occasionally.
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post #4 of 6 Old 11-14-2011, 08:43 PM Thread Starter
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There really isn't a difference between a 14.3 and a 15, I find anyway, it's only one inch difference. Those are the ideal heights. I'm 5'4 and my horse is 15 hands and that's just right for me. Although, getting on bareback from the ground is a chore...
Oh gotcha! I never understood how the measurements went (and i've been around horses since I was 7.. i'm 28 now..)

I remember watching my friend swing up on her horse bareback.. I wanted to do that too!! Yeeaaa... poor mare lol but hey she stood there and just gave me that "you idiot" sigh lol Man I miss her :( She was just like me! Maybe a little more moodier though...
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If you can't swing up into the saddle, your horse is to tall. If your toes drag the ground, your horse is to short. Anything in between is preference.
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post #6 of 6 Old 11-14-2011, 09:01 PM Thread Starter
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If you can't swing up into the saddle, your horse is to tall. If your toes drag the ground, your horse is to short. Anything in between is preference.
LOL well that's one way to put it.. But if you go to squeeze your legs to the horse to go and end up wrapping your legs completely around the horse...

I think I shall call on that arab tomorrow then :)
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