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    12-15-2011, 09:44 PM
Life would be SO much easier as a man. No hips, no chest!
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    12-16-2011, 01:42 PM
I'm 5'3" and my little sis was 4'9" and dad called us both "Peanut" because he said we both "looked like peanuts sitting on a box car" when we rode the big horses, LOL! We ride anything from 13.2 to 17 hands and it's fine. It just depends on how much leg the horse takes up. I wouldn't think a draftX would be comfortable for a short legged person because it would make your legs stick out too far to the sides. I've ridden a reallllly wide QH and he was not comfortable for me for just that reason. A small horse with a large heart girth area is ok, and a taller horse that isn't TOO wide is fine too.
    12-16-2011, 06:09 PM
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Well, I'm 5'3", my horse is 16,2hh (will probably still grow a bit), and I'm comfortable mounting and riding him. Ok, I'm also skinny and my legs are very long if compared to my upper body, but still - I don't see shorter body as an obstacle in riding. :)
    12-16-2011, 06:14 PM
Originally Posted by Saranda    
Well, I'm 5'3", my horse is 16,2hh (will probably still grow a bit), and I'm comfortable mounting and riding him. Ok, I'm also skinny and my legs are very long if compared to my upper body, but still - I don't see shorter body as an obstacle in riding. :)
Lucky thing - I wish I was long legs and short body - ideal dressage body type!
I'm about even all over, short legs, short body
    12-16-2011, 06:20 PM
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It might be different, and I surely can't imagine myself in your shoes, Kayty, but I'm sure everyone who is passionate about riding can work something out, either physically or mentally, that makes everything more comfortable and enjoyable. :) I, for example, try not to choose very large horses with wide backs for riding, because one of my hips is injured and hurts if it has to be spread and stretched a lot for a long time. So I found myself a gelding with a rather narrow back, and both of us enjoy this decision. Thus, maybe you just have to try out horses with different body types and find which ones fit you the best?
    12-16-2011, 06:28 PM
Oh I certainly don't have issues with my riding, I'm pretty happy riding just about anything! But would love to have the added advantage of long legs, as a dressage rider all you see are the long leggeds around, and there's me with my stumpies haha, doesn't matter, makes no difference to my ability to ride, I'm up there with the people with long legs, and it helps that I can buy smaller horses. My new yearling will max out at 16.1hh if he's lucky, so I managed to get $4k knocked off the asking price as a result, everyone wants big warmbloods, not small ones!
    12-16-2011, 06:41 PM
I'm a little over 5'5" and I can mount 16.3 hand horses with the 3 step mounting blocks. Otherwise I just can't get my leg up there lol. Keep in mind that I have short legs and a long upper body. My instructor loves me because I can ride the ponies and the tall horses without looking awkward. Since I have more of a muscular and big boned build, I can get away with it.
    12-16-2011, 06:44 PM
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By the way, my instructor used to think I have short legs...until she discovered that I've been adjusting my stirrups too shors all the time, thus cramping my legs in lesser space than I should. She was quite pleasantly surprised for the discovery, and me too, lol.
    12-16-2011, 07:59 PM
I am 5'4". I ride a 14.2H mare, and a 15H gelding.
    12-16-2011, 08:00 PM

Originally Posted by BarrelChick1848    
I am 5'4". I ride a 14.2H mare, and a 15H gelding.

Same !

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