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post #11 of 40 Old 12-15-2011, 06:54 PM
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Don't know if you could call me short. I feel short lol. I am 5'4 and ride a 14.2 hand horse 14.3 and 15hh. I ride smaller horses so when I end up riding the 15 hand one. He seems HUGE. And his pasture buddy's are bigger then him, so they to me seem like giant's hahah.
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post #12 of 40 Old 12-15-2011, 06:58 PM
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I always feel short even though I'm 5'6".. especially when I can't ground mount my big ol 17hh :P but they say the best things come in small packages ;)
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post #13 of 40 Old 12-15-2011, 07:18 PM
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I ride in a western youth saddle.
'Nuff said.
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post #14 of 40 Old 12-15-2011, 07:41 PM
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I'm 5'2'' and really "lean" and my TB is 16.3h. I don't think I look too small on her, though. Here's a pic.
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post #15 of 40 Old 12-15-2011, 07:42 PM
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I'm 5'3" and ride a 15'1" Arab as well as a 16'3" Clyde cross. Even though I am well into middle age (OK my kids think OLD), I can still get up in the saddle with no mounting block. I can jump up on my Arab bareback, but have no hope on the Clyde X. When I was young and nimble, I used to be able to jump up on an 18 hand high Clyde no problem. Where did my spring go????

I used to love the big horses, but now because of my stature and "maturity" (meaning I'm not as energetic as I used to be), I like the smaller horses better now. Saturday, I am picking up my first pony X. I can't wait!! Now I am glad to be a little on the small side.
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post #16 of 40 Old 12-15-2011, 07:54 PM
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Yep another shorty here. I'm about 5'3, maybe 5'4.
And yep, pretty stocky too. I'm an hourglass shape, have got a J-Lo bum no matter how much weight I lose and because my lower back curves out to meet my bum, I always look like I'm hollowing my back when I ride. Drives me crazy!
Tiny waist, makes nothing fit, then a rather large chest and broad shoulders.

And I'm a dressage rider :/ Geez I lucked on the body shape for dressage didn't I!!!

Me too, girl! I say I weight 160 pounds, and people are like, I have a tiny waist and huge hips, chest, and shoulders. I don't look like I'd way that much, just from appearances. I'm build very awkwardly.

Finding breeches is a PAIN. They always fit in the waist but not in the legs, or vise versa. I have never worn a pair that are the right length, so I just safety pin everything.
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post #17 of 40 Old 12-15-2011, 08:05 PM
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Me too, girl! I say I weight 160 pounds, and people are like, I have a tiny waist and huge hips, chest, and shoulders. I don't look like I'd way that much, just from appearances. I'm build very awkwardly.

Finding breeches is a PAIN. They always fit in the waist but not in the legs, or vise versa. I have never worn a pair that are the right length, so I just safety pin everything.
Oooooh I can sympathise! I have the same problem with shirts. If it fits my chest, it then hangs like a tent over my waist and makes me look enormous. Or if I get something that is fitted, it fits my chest and waist but then my bum looks even bigger!
Pants in general are a pain, because of how my lower back curves to my big, sticking out bum, pants that fit my thighs and bum stick out like clown pants at my back so much that even a belt doesn't help!!

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post #18 of 40 Old 12-15-2011, 08:12 PM
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Oooooh I can sympathise! I have the same problem with shirts. If it fits my chest, it then hangs like a tent over my waist and makes me look enormous. Or if I get something that is fitted, it fits my chest and waist but then my bum looks even bigger!
Pants in general are a pain, because of how my lower back curves to my big, sticking out bum, pants that fit my thighs and bum stick out like clown pants at my back so much that even a belt doesn't help!!

EXACTLY with the shirts! Everything I wear must be fitted, or else I look like a whale. I can't even wear baby doll shirts or tunics or anything. Since I hate looking fat, I usually end up wearing cloths too tight for my chest. Which makes me look like I this huge, in-your-face rack. I just can't win!

Same with the pants! To fit my butt, I wear a size 13. My waist fits in a 10. A belt just bunches up all the extra waist inches and looks weird. I have a "sway back" just like you. I'm going to look like a brick house in everything. Cannot win!
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post #19 of 40 Old 12-15-2011, 08:26 PM
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EXACTLY with the shirts! Everything I wear must be fitted, or else I look like a whale. I can't even wear baby doll shirts or tunics or anything. Since I hate looking fat, I usually end up wearing cloths too tight for my chest. Which makes me look like I this huge, in-your-face rack. I just can't win!

Same with the pants! To fit my butt, I wear a size 13. My waist fits in a 10. A belt just bunches up all the extra waist inches and looks weird. I have a "sway back" just like you. I'm going to look like a brick house in everything. Cannot win!
Makes me so happy to have someone with the same problem!!
I do the same with shirts, my little waist is my best bit, but to show that I'm actually NOT fat with my waist I need to wear fairly tight clothes.
I have an office job at the moment, and trying to find clothing that flatters my body type but doesn't make me looking trampy is the bane of my existance!

As for riding, I've finally found a brand of breeches that fit me and my stupidly small waist quite well. And because they're breeches, I don't need to take them up like I do with jods, how embarassing when I have to roll jods up nearly to my kness :S Stupid short legs!

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post #20 of 40 Old 12-15-2011, 08:35 PM
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haha kayty and brighteyes I don't have the bum but I sure now what its like on the upper part of the body... I wont go shopping anymore I have everything retaylored to fit me :(
High five to all the awkwardness in a girl it makes us unique :)
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