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    10-31-2008, 07:33 AM
Originally Posted by sandy2u1    
me personally....I like the really gentle and well-behaved size lol

Me too!

I must look really silly. I'm 5'8 and my horse is 14.3 almost 15hh
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    10-31-2008, 08:08 AM
I'm 5"6 and ride a 15.3 sized hose. I do like horses that are 16+ for size, but 15.3 right now for me is perfect for feeling comfortable.
    10-31-2008, 08:31 AM
While it is all what you feel comfortable be aware that in some competitions if you are riding a large horse then you will look overhorsed which could work against you. While you can have and ride any size horse if you are shorter then generally a smaller horse will be easier both to ride and handle. Throwing a rug over a 14 - 15 hand horse will be much easier that trying to rug a 17 hand one. Saying that if you try hard enough you can make anything work.

If I were you I would get something around 14 - 15 hands high, maybe something reasonably lightly built. Large enough to do lots with, small enough to handle, fits on floats and in stables easy. If I was shorter I would get something like that.

Although if you find a large horse you fall in love with then you can look past height, but remember to be practicle with both small and large horses.
    10-31-2008, 11:58 AM
Originally Posted by Vidaloco    
Me too!

I must look really silly. I'm 5'8 and my horse is 14.3 almost 15hh
erm.. what am I then ? Im 5'11" (ca, about 178/9 cm) and I ride a small icelandic mare.. about 13 or 14 hands..
    10-31-2008, 12:32 PM
I think it also depends on your leg length. Bc i'm only 5'2 but I have really long legs for my size so I can ride my 18h horses and not look too small bc my legs are long but if I had short legs riding a horse that size i'd look ridiculous. Even all my trainers are impressed by being able to look bigger on a bigger horse bc of my legs. My horse now is almost 16'2h and you guys have seen the pics of us. Everyone thinks i'm about 5'7 or so until I get off lol! So it all depends on how you look on the horse I think.
    03-17-2009, 02:43 AM
Here I am in a school group lesson (on the black gelding).
I am 5'5" and he's about 16.3. The girl next to me is 5'7", all leg and on a horse...sorry...drovers pony...around 14.0. The girl next to her (kinda hard to see) is 5'4 and is a fairly good match on a horse around 15.2.

    03-17-2009, 03:03 AM
Haha... I'm 5'8" and my horse is only 14.2hh, but I don't have very long legs so we fit ok.
    03-20-2009, 02:56 PM
I'm 5'1 and my mare is 15.1 and she is the perfect size for me I think her baby will be about 16hh when he is full growen.
    03-20-2009, 03:05 PM
I'm 5'1", and the horse I ride is 16.1hh. I think it's all what you are most comfortable with.
    03-20-2009, 03:12 PM
I am 5'3 & I ride a 15-16hh horse! I do just fine.

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