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    01-09-2011, 12:36 PM
  #31
Foal
If for pleasure, I would say anything 13.2hh or taller, but if a show horse, my general rule of thumb is to stay within 3 in. Of your own height. For example, I am 5'6, which would be 16.2hh in horse height. My minimum height would be 15.3hh and my maximum height would be 17.1hh. Your range would be 15hh-16.2hh. Weight matters too, though. If you were really skinny for your height, you would look better on a skinnier horse, and might be able to get away with riding a medium pony. If you were more overweight/muscular for your height, you would look better riding a stockier horse, possibly a shorter draft horse, a draft cross, or possibly a draft/native pony,like a haflinger or a highland pony. I am a little on the stocky side for my height, and I look perfectly fine riding a 13.2 haflinger, but he is really fat after sitting in a pasture and doing nothing but eat for the past five years :)
     
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    06-03-2014, 04:33 PM
  #32
Foal
I'm 5'1 and I wont ride anything shorter than 14hh just because I'm a little heavier, but I like the big guys. I've ridden 18hh ish drafts before. I had to get a farm hand that was almost 6' to give me a leg up, lol but its fun to be all the way up there!! If a big horse will listen to little ol' me up on its back, it isn't dangerous. If it was an 18hh draft stallion with a rather icky attitude, i'd keep my distance... It really just depends on what you're comfortable with.
     

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