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    06-27-2013, 04:32 PM

I am 5ft 2" and i'm of regular weight, so what breed, size, gender and age of horse should I go for? I'm an experienced but slightly nervous rider but I have no nerves on the ground. Please note that I want a horse as a hack, not to compete.
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    06-27-2013, 04:33 PM
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    06-27-2013, 04:40 PM
I'm also 5'2". I ride dressage, where it seems like giant warmbloods are the norm. I leased a taller horse ~16.2 or 16.3 before I bought, and was really glad I did. He was way too tall for me. I never felt like I was able to get my leg on in the right spot, I looked REALLY short in photos, and it was a long way to the ground when he bucked me off I found that right around 15hh was the right size for me.

A lot of it's personal preference (especially gender and age), though, especially if you're just looking to hack around. There are a lot of smaller breeds that are a lot of fun to ride (Fjords, Haflingers, Pasos, etc.) that are perfectly suited to adult riders, and just because you're short doesn't mean you couldn't ride a bigger horse as long as you're comfortable with them.
    06-27-2013, 06:01 PM
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The temperament matters most of all and if you've got any riding nerves a quiet 16.2 is going to be safer than a hot fizzy 14.2
I'm about your height and I find 14.2 (has to be well made and not the flimsy narrow type) to 15.2 to be my ideal if I'm just looking for a fun horse for hack out/trail ride - anything smaller and I feel like I don't have enough neck in front of me and anything taller is a pain to get on if I don't have some higher ground or a gate or something handy
    06-27-2013, 06:35 PM
Have you taken any riding lessons? Lessons can be a great way to try out different sizes and breeds of horses in a safe environment. I personally find myself drawn to feisty smaller horses than larger ones - a little funny since I'm 6' tall, lol - I know I probably look ridiculous on my 14.2 arab x, but I love her and after riding her for a while anything taller just feels strange.
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    06-27-2013, 07:12 PM
Are you in the UK? Find a nice Gypsy cob or cross. Make sure to take someone with you, to try out the horse. Also make sure to obtain a vet check. Mare or gelding. No stallions.


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