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post #11 of 79 Old 06-20-2011, 05:13 PM
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I'm 5'11" and I've ridden anywhere from 14.3hh to 17hh and when I get my own horse I'm going to try to keep it 16hh and up cause I feel like I fit big guys better :) I also ride a 12hh pony this weekend, it was quit the spectacle haha! But surprisingly my feel didn't touch the ground! They were barely at his elbows! My torso it a different story though... Haha
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post #12 of 79 Old 06-20-2011, 05:21 PM
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I'm 4ft 11 and the smallest I can ride comfortably is about 12.2hh and then tallest...Well the tallest I've ridden is 16.3hh and I was quite comfortable on her. I tend to ride at the moment horses around the 14-16 hand range.

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post #13 of 79 Old 06-20-2011, 05:21 PM
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I'm 5'7 and all my own horses have been 16hh - 16.2hh but I will really ride anything. I even feel OK riding this little guy and he's only 13.2 hh!!

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It depends somewhat on the build of the individual horse - a 13hh horse with a big barrel feels bigger than a 15hh horse with a small barrel. I must admit that I do prefer a solidly built horse of around 16hh like my current girl:

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But wouldn't rule out the possiblity of owning horses bigger or smaller than that in the future.

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post #14 of 79 Old 06-20-2011, 05:22 PM
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I'm 4'11 when stretching, and I've ridden just about every size out there. I kid-safe ponies that are between 12 and 14 hh, although I did school a 11 hh shetland once, so 12-14hh is probably what my usual mount is, but I also ride a ottb that is 17.3 hh (very light build though) and a 15.1hh arabian mare. I probably feel most comfortable on a 13-14 hh horse.

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post #15 of 79 Old 06-20-2011, 05:22 PM
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Originally Posted by MHFoundation Quarters View Post
tallest is 16'1".... The tallest I've ridden was a 17'2" TB/WB gelding for a friend

Those are some tall horses!!
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I'm 4'11 an my gelding is 14.3 but he is one of the smallest horses ive ridden in my adult life. I've always ridden horses 15.3h+ but now that i know the difference, i like horses between 14h-15h
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post #17 of 79 Old 06-20-2011, 06:35 PM
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I'm 5'5 and I've ridden everything from about 13 hands to 18 hands. So long as they aren't really narrow, I'm comfortable on pretty much anything that I'm not too heavy to ride. My favorite height is in the 14-15 hand range though. Anything much smaller than that is just too small for any real ranch work and anything much taller than that gets hard for me to comfortably get on and off of. Unfortunately, though, my next saddle horse is likely going to finish out at around 17 hands . Guess I better either teach him to bow down for mounting or resign myself to seeking a hill or a stump every time I get on LOL.

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post #18 of 79 Old 06-20-2011, 06:40 PM
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Lol Sunny, thanks for pointing that out. Man do I need some sleep. Might've needed a bucket truck to get on.
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I have done the same thing before, don't worry.
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post #20 of 79 Old 06-20-2011, 11:42 PM
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I'm 5"2' and the horse I ride is 14"2', it's a great fit. I don't feel comfortable on horses over 15" really but I have short legs. :P
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