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post #41 of 75 Old 02-06-2010, 04:12 AM
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Another factor to consider would be leg to torso ratio. I'm 5'2" and probably 105ish, but I also have short legs and a longer torso, so I look a little funny on larger horses, especially when they are large in the barrel, not nesscesarily tall. <<<< that's more of a "looks too big or small", not actually being so. It could definitly work opposite to that as well. If a person is longer legged, they could appear to be "too big" for a particular horse.

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post #42 of 75 Old 02-06-2010, 04:29 AM
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I'm just shy of 5'9 and my main riding horse is a 13.3 hand haflinger. He is turning 9 and I've had him since he was a yearling. Not going to even touch on weight - I'm by no means a light-weight, but he is usually leading the group but finishes out with more energy than any of the rest. No issues at all.

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Way to go Cat! Haha, I'll have to bug Shay-la! She's 5'9" and she actually ended up buying Eve (TB/Clydesdale) because the mares they own are 14hh, 15hh and 15hh. Which isn't bad at all, she feels comfortable on them, but they bought a Welsh pony stud. So Shay-la has spent her entire equestrian life having to break in little 13hh - 14hh pony foals! She finally bought Eve because she says she's tired of having to walk and ride at the same time.

That being said, the smallest one they ever had was Shekhan at 13hh and she was probably the toughest. She was a Quarab X Welsh, and she could pack around a full size adult all day without losing a spit of energy. I rode her with ease and I am not a small person!

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post #44 of 75 Old 02-06-2010, 03:09 PM
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I found a pic of Shay-la riding Shekhan - and she STILL doesn't look silly! Shekhan is just SO thick, she can make almost anyone look good - I swear Shay-la looks sillier riding Justus who's 14.1hh but narrow!


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post #45 of 75 Old 02-06-2010, 04:17 PM
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Another factor to consider would be leg to torso ratio. I'm 5'2" and probably 105ish, but I also have short legs and a longer torso, so I look a little funny on larger horses, especially when they are large in the barrel, not nesscesarily tall. <<<< that's more of a "looks too big or small", not actually being so. It could definitly work opposite to that as well. If a person is longer legged, they could appear to be "too big" for a particular horse.
Defiently! Also, how long the horses legs are in comparision to their body. You can look a lot smaller on a horse that is deep through the girth with short legs [like Dougal] compared to a horse with the opposites.
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post #46 of 75 Old 02-06-2010, 04:21 PM
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I don't know how tall I am but I am six and a half stone and I ride my little 11.3hh and a 15hh horse
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post #47 of 75 Old 02-08-2010, 06:02 PM
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I have a question.
When we got my sister's POA Kodee, we were told that a man about oh lets say 5'7-5'9 rode him, the man weighed 300 pounds...
My dad now thinks that since a man that was 300 pounds rode the pony that he can too. My dad is 6'1 and weighs 200 pounds.
I think it would be mean to put my dad on the pony, what do you think?
Here is a picture of me on Kodee keep in mind I am 5' tall.

Here is a picture of my dad just leading the pony

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post #48 of 75 Old 02-08-2010, 06:57 PM
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paintluver: I don't think that your dad should ride your horse (Who is pretty cute by the way (: ) on a regular basis but she looks pretty sturdy to me. She should be fine with him riding her but just keep an eye for any signs of discomfort.

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I think your dad might wear out a lot of boots, 'cause it looks like his legs would be dragging on the ground
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post #50 of 75 Old 02-09-2010, 10:10 PM
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To me it seems in the Western world it is more acceptable to ride smaller horses.
that's what i would say...

i am 5'10 and weigh in at 240. my tack it probably another 50 (heavy saddle...), and my little 14.2/14.3 app gelding has no problems with me, and we've done some significant workouts. we taped him last fall at just under 1000 lbs.

i also have spent plenty of time on my wife's 15.1ish gelding (20+ years old), weighs less than chief does, and i spent every saturday last winter on him up north in the snow. done some hefty workouts on him, too, and he never had any problems.

also been on my wife's TB numerous times, never any SERIOUS work, but enough to make him sweat. it don't bother him none, he's over 1100lbs, 16.1 and WAY too energetic.

anyhow... i find 14.2-15.0 to be just about RIGHT for me. i really don't like more than 15.2. the TB around here is too tall for my personal preferences. but YMMV.
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