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        12-20-2009, 03:08 PM
      #21
    Banned
    You are a little too big for the horse.Im small to most of my horses eccept my miniatures. (Im small to my 16.2 quarter horse).I'll get some riding pics today!
         
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        12-21-2009, 12:13 AM
      #22
    Green Broke
    I think you look fine. So what if people think you look too tall for her, if she has no problem carrying you don't worry about it.

    I have seen 200lb+ guys riding little 15hh horses no problem.

    A horse can comfortably carry 20% of its weight. An 800lb horse can carry 160 lbs no problem, you are 30 under, you are fine.
         
        12-21-2009, 12:19 AM
      #23
    Weanling
    Doesn't look like you're too big for that horse!
    And she's gorgeous ^_^
         
        12-21-2009, 12:22 AM
      #24
    Foal
    Is that you on her in the pics? You don't look too big on her if you are just going to trail ride her. How are her legs and feet? How is her back? If they are all good then you should be okay as long as you use a saddle and padding that are good for her back.
         
        12-23-2009, 09:54 AM
      #25
    Foal
    Hey guys here are some to put in perspective how tall I am when on the ground. Makes her look alot bigger. We took her on a 2hr + trail ride which included one insane uphill climb, she did AMAZING heading up and coming down - on the way down she did slide about 10ft on the first incline so I piled off to make both our lives easier. She did fantastic throughout the trail and didn't look as exhausted as some of the other horses did by the end. Let me know what you think of these
    Again thanks for ALL the imput! I've spoken with the owner and he said that if I started making payments on her and broke another of his that I liked better, he would take her back and trade with me. So I have options, but for a good first horse, her personality and ease to work around might be one in which I can't pass up. Atleast to get my feet good and wet on learning the ropes
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        12-23-2009, 10:00 AM
      #26
    Foal
    And a couple more of me on her the other day. I'm betting in the summer months when I'm not wearing 3+ pairs of pants and 5+ layers of shirts I may look smaller on her..
    My main concern is not to wear her out. She is between 6 & 7yrs old and she does have morgan in her. A characteristic that her owner says should make her a stouter sturdier horse..

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        12-23-2009, 10:07 AM
      #27
    Yearling
    You look fine on her, she takes up a lot of her leg. And you are definitely not too heavy! She's very cute, I love her tail!
         
        12-23-2009, 10:17 AM
      #28
    Foal
    I know... a real life - My little pony! LOL
    Her owner got her all spruced up for me yesterday.. that mane and tail are just gorgeous when all brushed out! Thanks -- what do you mean by she takes up alot of her leg?
         
        12-23-2009, 11:17 AM
      #29
    Yearling
    I mean she has a big barrel, so it doesn't make your legs look too long down her sides- makes you look smaller on her.
         
        12-23-2009, 11:35 AM
      #30
    Started
    I think you look perfect on her. Not too big..not too small.

    I will be riding my two yr old Lillie this summer. I'm guessing she's going to be right around that 14 hands. (I am thinking she is mid 13h right now) I weigh around 135-140ish. I'm really hoping she doesn't get too big. I'd like her to stay in that 14h range. I like smaller horses. And as Wild_Spot says I am hoping she will stay small and be agile enough to work cattle and if I happen to come off, the ground won't be too far away, LOL!
         

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