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    02-04-2011, 02:21 PM
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Foal
Horse Size to Rider Size

I've looked at a few topics about this kind of thing... I just wanna make sure I'm on the right track with this.

So I am about 5' 5'' and weigh about 200 pounds. (Yeah, I sound like a big blob... lol I carry it well though and I plan on losing some weight for health reasons) I'd say I'm a pretty balanced rider. I'm a beginner, but where I ride I've never been told that I ride bad. Lol I think she would be honest with me about that kind of thing. I think I've ridden on the trails with her and her kids and in her arena enough for her to see and say something about it.

I found a horse that I've taken a liking to... don't know if she'll be around when I am ready to buy, but I want to get a good eye for this kind of thing before I buy anyway. I need opinions. :)

Anyways, this is Kaicee... a 15 hh Quarter Horse. (photo is from her ad on equine now) Does she look like she could carry somebody my size? She looks quite used to carrying a feather of a girl.



I usually don't like short or averaged sized horses. Lol But I've had no luck finding tall QH's here... so I gave up and I'm looking at everything now. I found ONE 16hh QH, but she moved very odd to me... looked bumpy and sloppy... not smooth at all.
     
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    02-04-2011, 07:37 PM
  #2
Trained
Any healthy, stocky QH/Paint/Appy could easily carry you all day long.
     
    02-04-2011, 07:41 PM
  #3
Weanling
Ditto the above, I'm 5'9" and 160-180 depending and my 14.2 QH has no problem. :)
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    02-04-2011, 08:44 PM
  #4
Foal
Thanks guys. :)

I just wanna make sure that I don't look misproportion to my future horse. XD
     
    02-04-2011, 08:56 PM
  #5
Showing
Definitely, look at all the reining horses--most are 13-15hh and carrying 6'4" cowboys!!
     
    02-05-2011, 02:06 AM
  #6
Trained
My old BO was an endurance rider and used Arabians who had no chest at all. Half of them..I swear their knees touched. She was probably about your size and weight with the amount of muscle she probably has from that much riding, but her dinky 14.2hh, narrow as can be carried her for 50 mile races.
     
    02-06-2011, 10:58 PM
  #7
Foal
Sweet, you guys have reassured me. Thank you all!
     
    02-06-2011, 11:01 PM
  #8
Foal
A horse will carry about 20% of it's own body weight. I am sure you'll be fine and will easily find one!
     
    02-07-2011, 08:37 PM
  #9
Showing
Something you need to think about is saddle size. Don't use one that's too small for you or you will soon be hurting. If it's western the bars on a 17" saddle are a little longer than a 15 or 16" seat. If you need a 17" be sure to measure the length of the bars then measure the horse, from behind the shoulder blade and not exceeding the rearward false rib. This usually eliminates shorter backed horses.
     
    02-08-2011, 01:19 PM
  #10
Foal
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Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
Something you need to think about is saddle size. Don't use one that's too small for you or you will soon be hurting. If it's western the bars on a 17" saddle are a little longer than a 15 or 16" seat. If you need a 17" be sure to measure the length of the bars then measure the horse, from behind the shoulder blade and not exceeding the rearward false rib. This usually eliminates shorter backed horses.
Yeah, I am thinking I will need a 17" saddle. My dad thought so too. Lol Thank you for this info!
     

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