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  • How tall is a 15hh horse
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    06-20-2011, 11:52 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by cfralic    
I don't feel comfortable on horses over 15" really but I have short legs. :P
Wow, and some really small horses, too!
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    06-20-2011, 11:55 PM
Green Broke
Well I was 5'6" last time I checked. My horses are 14.3hh, 15hh and 15.3hh. I feel comfortable on all of them. The tallest and shortest are both narrow but my 15hh boy is quite wide in the barrel. I have ridden horses as small as 11 hands. I don't mind going that small, I just find it more difficult to give them leg aids because my legs are too long. I like horses in the height range of what I have.
    06-21-2011, 12:06 AM
Green Broke
Both my girls are a little over 14hh and stocky. I'm 5'4" & have had a few to many groceries. I think were a good fit.
I wouldn't want to ride anything taller than 15hh. I used to lease a 16hh gelding. It was hard as heck getting on and off of him. The smallest horse I've rode was a friend's 14hh Arab. She was really narrow and had a short back. I felt huge on her.
    06-21-2011, 01:28 PM
I am 5'7 I can ride 14.1 pony's, and FEEL comfortable(I have long thighs and short calf's, it is funny!) but I look best on horses about 16hh(or a bit bigger). I ride one who has a small barrel, and one who has a big one, feel comfortable either way. Getting the right length stirrup is a challenge though :/

Actually I lied, when jumping pony's I feel funny because of short necks.
    06-21-2011, 01:31 PM
I'm 5'10

Lottie is 15"2 and I feel completely comfortable on her because she's not narrow. Because I have long thighs and calves, my flatwork stirrups are really long but my jumping stirrups are really short, it helps me keep my balance although I do feel like a giraffe with my legs all folded up!
    06-21-2011, 02:06 PM
I'm 5'5, and my horse is 15hh. The lesson horse I rode last summer was 17hh though. He was gigantic.
    06-21-2011, 03:55 PM
Originally Posted by cfralic    
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
i am the same way. I am 5"2' and my paso fino will probably just get a little over 14 hands. My appaloosa I used to have was around the same height...
    06-21-2011, 06:54 PM
I'm 5'5, Gambit is 15 hands the tallest horse I have ever been on was 17 hands I think(draftX) and I was fine on him as well.
    06-21-2011, 07:45 PM
I'm 5'4" and the smallest horse I ride is somewhere in the neighborhood of 15.2 hands and the largest is an OTTB who has to be pretty darn close 18 hands. His size was scary at first but now im totally used to it!
    06-21-2011, 07:50 PM
I'm 5'3" and my gelding is 17hh and 1400lbs but I think we fit nicely together:


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