Horse height vs. Rider height...How tall is the horse you ride

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    06-20-2011, 04:00 PM
Horse height vs. Rider height...How tall is the horse you ride

Just tall are you, and how tall is the horse you ride? What build? What's the largest or smallest horse you could ride or compete on without lookin silly Thanks.
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    06-20-2011, 04:10 PM
I'm 5' 9" and here are my guys

Ace is 15hh on a good day, stood on tippy toes
Alto is right around 14.2 hh
Appy Gilmore is 15.2 hh
Bert is around 16.2 hh
Fancy is 14.2 hh

I feel good on all of them.
    06-20-2011, 04:10 PM
I'm 5'6" and in my lessons I ride a 16.3hh horse, he's just a medium build I guess. My own horse is 16hh.
Since I have really long legs, I feel I look too big on anything under 16hh, but it may just be me preferring the tall horses.
I'll ride anything taller with no problems :p
    06-20-2011, 04:15 PM
I'm 5'6 and my horse is just over 16hh. I suit him well I think. I am not terribly excited about riding anything smaller because I have a relatively long torso. Between about 15.2 and 17 or a bit taller I'm good.
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    06-20-2011, 04:28 PM
I'm 5'10 and have ridden horses ranging from 14.3hh to 17hh, but I would be comfortable riding horses taller than 17hh. Shorter than 14.3 starts to get sketchy.
    06-20-2011, 05:40 PM
Green Broke
My mare is 14.2 and my gelding is 15.2, they're both Arabs. I'm 5' 6" and prefer to ride the gelding, I think his height suits me better!
    06-20-2011, 05:52 PM
Green Broke
I'm five foot even. My personal riding horse is 15.2 hh, and my other riding horse is 14.3 hh. I think I have some pictures on my profile of me riding my personal horse, Baby Girl... I'm currently on another computer and can't pull up my photo files.

I'm perfectly comfortable riding 13.0 hh ponies (I trained one about that height once) and 17 hh drafts. I will admit I PREFER a smaller horse -- 14-15.2 hh.
    06-20-2011, 05:56 PM
I'm 5'10" and the guy I ride is 16 or 16.1hh. It's a good size for me. I'm in the 96th percentile for height *and* weight for grown women, so I stick to the bigger guys, just to make sure I'm not going to overload anyone. Plus, I'm still a novice and tend to bang in the saddle a bit...I feel bad enough doing that on a big boy, I would feel awful doing it on one of the mid-sized fine-boned guys.
    06-20-2011, 05:57 PM
I'm 5'6". Our shortest is 14hh, tallest is 16'1". I'm comfortable on either end of the spectrum as long as they have enough body for my legs. I used to do "fixing" rides on my sister's quarter pony when we were much younger and he was 13 hh even, I did feel a bit funny on him! The tallest I've ridden was a 17'2" TB/WB gelding for a friend, I had never shown hunter/jumpers & she wanted extra time & exposure put on him so I rode him in the green as grass classes. Don't think now that I'm in my 30s I would want anything that tall!!!!
    06-20-2011, 06:07 PM
Green Broke
After reading every else's answers, I must say: why am I so short?

Another snippet of information: A friend of mine does CTR on a 14 hh pony. She rides 60 miles a weekend on that pony, and she is about 5.6 ft. Those ponies are strong, hardy things!

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