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  • I am 5 ft 7 185 pounds is a 14.2 horse to small for me
  • I am 5ft 7 and weigh 65kg what size pony/horse can i ride

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    02-25-2010, 02:13 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Stillstandin    
I am 5'5" and 115 lbs. My current horses are 14hh and 14'2hh. Previously I have owned and ridden horses up to 16hh, but I always felt like they were too big. People told me I looked like a monkey on their backs.
My husband is 6'3" around 200lbs and competes on a 14'1hh mare, they do just fine together.
To me it seems in the Western world it is more acceptable to ride smaller horses. My niece is a show jumper and one of her top horses is considered very small at 15'3hh.

Us western people like our horses short because we are often getting on and off of them. (steer doggin, roping, doctoring, branding, calving) Makes it a bit easier if their shorter.

I'm about 5'7 and my mare is somewhere around 15 hands ( I have never measured) but I consider her to big for my liking.Although I do like her cause she's an easy ride. I don't like getting on her cause she's to dang tall for me to be haulin my big butt on to. I also think she mkight be 1/4 draft cause her legs are so thick and hairy. Especialy for an appy.
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    02-25-2010, 08:18 PM
Originally Posted by Hoofprints in the Sand    
myQHpaul, I notice your quote says you're from NE Ohio...where in? Anywhere near Medina by chance?

I live in the Sheffield Lake area. About 30 minutes from Medina.
    02-25-2010, 08:19 PM
Originally Posted by Hoofprints in the Sand    
myQHpaul, I notice your quote says you're from NE Ohio...where in? Anywhere near Medina by chance?

I live in the Sheffield Lake area. About 30 minutes northwest from Medina and 30 minutes west of cleveland.
    02-25-2010, 10:04 PM
Green Broke
I'm 5'9" and lots of leg, somewhere around 150 lbs. My mare Freyja is 15.3, and my gelding Claymore is 16.2, but Claymore in particular is built like a tank and I feel tiny on him. My last horse was a foundation QH, Twister, and he was 15 hh even and he never had a bit of trouble carrying me, but I always felt like I LOOKED tall on him, but I also am logical enough to know it was in my head. I worked Twister hard, nearly every day, for 10 years and was holding him back at the end of the day as much as I had to at the beginning.
    02-28-2010, 05:58 PM
I'm 5'10" and 125lb, and my mare is 15.1 hh with shoes. If she magically grew a few inches, I wouldn't complain.
    03-27-2010, 02:00 PM
I'm 5'8 and ride a 15.1hh TBx. Sometimes I think I'm a little tall for him, even though my legs don't seem to dangle below his belly - But I feel very comfortable when riding him and I don't think he has any problem carrying me.
    03-27-2010, 02:09 PM
Originally Posted by whitetrashwarmblood    
I'm 5'10" and 125lb, and my mare is 15.1 hh with shoes. If she magically grew a few inches, I wouldn't complain.

LOL Maybe we can work on a mutually beneficial magical swap. I'm constantly wishing my qh, Abe could shrink about a hand. He is 16.1H
    03-27-2010, 02:12 PM
Im 5' and I weigh 9 stone which I think is 125lb (not too sure) and my usual horses I ride are 14'2, 14'3, 16'1 I wouldn't say I was too big for them
    03-29-2010, 01:12 PM
I don't think so. I'm sure you'll be fine :)

I have:
14.3hh Paint stallion (Jester)
15hh Thoroughbred gelding (Rebel)
15.2hh Appendix Mare (Annie)
14.2hh Draft/pony mare (Honey)
14.2hh Peruvian gelding (Rico)
15.2hh Paint stallion (Gringo)

I'm 5 foot 2 inches and am pretty proportionate, I think....not extremely long legs but not really short either. -shrug- So long as your horse doesn't mind you shouldn't either.
    04-01-2010, 09:20 PM
I am 5'7 and weigh with saddle about 185 pounds.
One horse is a standie 14.3 hh and stocky as he is so solid! My other boy is 15.1 hh and fine build for a standie. It probably works out about 20% of their weight?

They seem happy enough with carrying me around.

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