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  • Is a 16.3 hand horse too tall for a 5'5 person
  • Is a 17hand horse safe to ride?

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    06-20-2011, 06:13 PM
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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    06-20-2011, 06:21 PM
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.
    06-20-2011, 06:21 PM
Green Broke
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.
    06-20-2011, 06:22 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.
    06-20-2011, 06:22 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by MHFoundation Quarters    
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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    06-20-2011, 07:20 PM
I'm 4'11 an my gelding is 14.3 but he is one of the smallest horses I've 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
    06-20-2011, 07:35 PM
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.
    06-20-2011, 07:40 PM
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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    06-20-2011, 07:46 PM
Green Broke
I have done the same thing before, don't worry.
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    06-21-2011, 12:42 AM
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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