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    03-20-2009, 05:31 PM
  #21
Cat
Green Broke
The width of the horse has to do with it than height. I'm 5'9 with long legs and I am very comfortable on a 13.3 h stocky haflinger. However, I've also ridden 15-16 hand TWHs that felt too small because of how narrow they were. My legs were hanging well past their bellies.

The other thing is what you plant to compete in and at what level. Cutting and reining horses its not uncommon to see a grown man on a 14 hand horse, while higher level of dressage they want to see small people on HUGE horses - or at least that is what it seems like to get a specific "look" between horse and rider. On the trails - who cares what you look like as long as you and the horse are comforatable.
     
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    03-20-2009, 05:39 PM
  #22
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by cat    
on the trails - who cares what you look like as long as you and the horse are comforatable.
too right!
     
    03-20-2009, 05:39 PM
  #23
Green Broke
Whatever you want. I'm 5'3", my horse it 18 hands.
     
    03-21-2009, 01:38 PM
  #24
Trained
I am hardly over 5 feet and I feel most comfortable on a 14 -15 hh horse but I have no issues riding a larger horse either. I have rode horses well over 17hh with no issues what so over, I just have issues lifting my legs up to my neck! LOL
     
    03-21-2009, 02:13 PM
  #25
Yearling
I agree with Cat, that the size of the horse's barrel has more to do with it than their actual height when it comes to feeling like you are riding an adequately sized horse. I'm 5' 9" and am more comfortable riding our sturdy 13.3 POA than our 15.0 narrow paint. I have a 17.3+ draft gelding right now for my own personal horse and love his size as does my 5' 4" 13 yr. Old daughter. She looks pretty good on him and they do well together even though he's so big. Everyone has preferences too, some people like smaller, quicker, low to the ground horse and some like big, scopey horses that cover lots of ground with each stride. Whatever works for you as long as the rider to horse weight ratio is OK :)
     
    03-21-2009, 04:50 PM
  #26
Yearling
I have tacked up many different horses, and for me (5'3") a horse under 16 is easiest. Hero is 17 and getting his tack on is a chore, then again Misty is about 14 and everyone has to crouch to bridle her.
I have to agree with Sandy2u1 though. I'll take a well behaved 18hh over a 15hh brat anyday!
     
    03-21-2009, 05:19 PM
  #27
Foal
I'm under 5' and my horse is 15.3hh, if you are comfortable on the horse it should be fine.
     
    03-21-2009, 05:49 PM
  #28
Foal
I agree with the 'build' thing. I'm 5'4 and I have a welshie who's about 14 hands but built like a barrel, and a 16.3 holsteiner who's as slim as they come. I don't feel or look overhorsed or underhorsed on either, because Kira's rather wide aspect 'takes up' my leg so my feet are around the edge of her belly, whereas Lui's slimmer aspect allows my leg to hang down. If he was as wide as Kira I'd look pretty daft!
     
    03-22-2009, 09:02 AM
  #29
Foal
Im 5'6" and I ride a 15.2 arabian.
     
    03-23-2009, 01:57 PM
  #30
Started
My general rule of thumb is the horse's withers should be about to your collarbone.

I'd say a big pony or a small horse would be good for you. :)
     

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