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  • 5'7" rider on 14.2hh horse
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    03-30-2012, 08:23 AM
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Another height/weight ratio question

I know this has been asked a few times, but would appreciate some opinions. I was told about a horse for sale and she seems worth a look, I'm thinking about calling up to take a look at her but I just have a height question, as I'm not a lightweight rider.

I had been sort of thinking of getting a horse around a solid 15 - 15.2hh but this one is 14.2hh. I'm worried I'll be too big for her. She's a stockhorse, she's not super heavy, but not as fine as a TB or Arab.

I'm 5'7 and weigh about 175 pounds, I think I've got a pretty independent seat ie. I'm not all floppy and heavy.

What do you think?
     
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    03-30-2012, 08:43 AM
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Foal
I think you're fine. I'm 5'8" or 5'9" and at my heaviest was 190 and my 14hh QH packed me around without a problem. Go see her! :)
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    03-30-2012, 08:45 AM
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I know this has been asked a few times, but would appreciate some opinions. I was told about a horse for sale and she seems worth a look, I'm thinking about calling up to take a look at her but I just have a height question, as I'm not a lightweight rider.

I had been sort of thinking of getting a horse around a solid 15 - 15.2hh but this one is 14.2hh. I'm worried I'll be too big for her. She's a stockhorse, she's not super heavy, but not as fine as a TB or Arab.

I'm 5'7 and weigh about 175 pounds, I think I've got a pretty independent seat ie. I'm not all floppy and heavy.

What do you think?

Go try her out. I've ridden 13.2hh-14.3hh horses before, Arab/TB/skinny types too, and I'm just over 160lbs, and they carried me no problem. So try it out, and see how well it copes with you - the horse will soon let you know if it thinks you're too big!
     
    03-30-2012, 09:47 AM
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Weanling
In my limited experience...Sometimes the ability to carry weight doesn't correspond with their willingness to carry weight. I worked with a good sized, solid 12hh, big boned well muscled boy.

Very capable of carrying any child we would consider having ride him. But he learned that if he threw a fit with the bigger kids he would never have to carry anything over say 45 lbs. Simply because no one wanted to make him use his body. When not allowed to act up he would easily carry 140lbs plus. The much lighter boned, though about the same height mare would not act up under any weight we asked her to carry. And was never sore or uncomfortable.

I truly don't understand what this thing is people have about shorter horses not being able to carry as much weight (and if somebody can explain it logically, please do tell). My little 13.2hh 3/4 Arab mare can carry a full grown man for well over an hour and not be at all sore or tired with rigorous training. This video is from when he first started training her, before he found a saddle that fits but you get the idea of size. A (different) 12hh pony I would ride (at about 130lbs) for over an hour in preperation for her to be ridden by the children. Again, no pain, discomfort or even a touch of being tired. (Please excuse her best friends huge head)

Obviously you should purchase whatever you feel comfortable riding but I tend to think that a well trained, healthy horse of just about any size would be able to carry an individual of your height/weight. So I would encourage you not discount this two-inch-shorter-than-your-ideal horse simply for those two inches without even seeing/trying her! And. Since taller horses are all vogue nowadays due to this strange idea that everyone that's not 5 years old must have a horse taller than 15hh, they seem to be priced accordingly! I'll keep my short girl. Easier to mount, not as far to fall, easier to tack up/groom. So many benefits!
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