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    06-27-2011, 11:30 AM
  #51
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I am 5'6.5 and my horse is about 14.3h. He is pretty narrow so my leg is right at his 'elbow'. The biggest horse I've ridden is 16h... I would almost rather be a giant than a little bird perched on top lol.

I adore a big tb or wb though!
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    06-27-2011, 06:19 PM
  #52
Foal
I'm 5'1". My smallest horse is 15.2hh and my tallest is close to 17. I personally prefer taller horses because I have longer legs and a tall horse makes me appear more in proportion. However, I'm fine on smaller horses too.
     
    06-27-2011, 06:29 PM
  #53
Foal
I'm 6' thin build and have a 15.2 quarter horse mare. I feel comfortable on her. Smallest at my current height would probably be a 13.3 haflinger and tallest maybe a 16 something saddlebred my friend had?
     
    07-03-2015, 09:47 PM
  #54
Started
I'm 5'9" and my personal horse is 15.3. I originally wanted something at least 16, but I loved him so much I gave in. But seriously, I feel good on him. Even with long legs, he has a deep body, and when he's carrying himself correctly he feels HUGE underneath me. I don't feel comfortable on anything less than 15 for arena riding. I'd play around on things shorter than that. I once worked with a pony that I could just throw a leg over to get on. And I've ridden 18 hand drafts. My ideal is about 16.2.
     
    07-03-2015, 09:52 PM
  #55
Green Broke
My personal horse is 16.1 and I ride anything from ponies to large drafts.
     
    07-04-2015, 12:32 AM
  #56
Weanling
I measure between 5'5"& 5'6" and I'm more leg than torso. My horse is a 17-hand draft cross. She is a little on the drafty side. I may be able to get away with something up to 17.2. My lower limit is probably about 15 hands with an average build horse. Any smaller than that and my heels just hang too far below the horse's belly for me to properly use my lower leg. I can get away with that short, or even a little shorter on stocky built horses, but I'm really not comfortable on horses that barely break pony in height. The height of horse that's most comfortable for me to ride is about 16 hands.
     
    07-04-2015, 12:47 AM
  #57
Green Broke
I'm 5'3" and my horse was a relatively well built 15hh QH. IMO the perfect height/build combo for me. Back when I was first looking to buy a horse I was looking in the 14.2-16hh range. Now that I'll be back in the market soon I'll probably be looking from 14.2-16.2hh. Anything shorter or taller than that range I wouldn't really want for my personal horse, not that there's anything wrong with people who want to ride taller or shorter horses. Would prefer a bulkier horse if at the lower end of the range, and lighter on the upper end for the sake of "visual appeal".

I've comfortably ridden horses from the 12-17hh range. I look somewhat like a little kid on the very tall ones and my legs come down pretty far on some of the smaller ponies, but we've gotten the job done. The horse I'm riding most right now is a 17hh lightly built TB. I don't feel that I look TOO silly on him, but a horse with any substantial bulk at that height and it's a bit much.
     
    07-04-2015, 01:15 AM
  #58
Weanling
I ride a 14.2 hand horse and I am 5"8.

Riding a couple of Dells ponies currently for a friend that are around 13 hands. Those guys are amazing. They can really move.

I really don't care to ride tall horses. I prefer 14 hand and smaller.
     
    07-04-2015, 10:22 AM
  #59
Weanling
I'm 5'4'' and my mare is 14.2... or at least that's what her seller said she was, I think I must have shrunk her because I would guess that she's closer to 14 hh, I love her anyways.

In the last few years I've really grown fond of short and stocky "cow horse" types, when I went through an english phase I was riding 16/17 hh warmbloods regularly and I probably wasn't even 5'.
     
    07-04-2015, 11:18 AM
  #60
Trained
Haven't seen smrobs post for a long time. Then I realized this thread had come back from the dead.

Oh well: I'm 5'7" or 5'8" depending on slouch. My horses are 13.0, 14.3 and 15.0. Used to have a horse who was 15.2 or 15.3...she wasn't much for standing still to be measured.
     

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