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        12-25-2008, 01:40 PM
      #11
    Foal
    And this is in the classifieds section cause........
         
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        12-25-2008, 03:43 PM
      #12
    Showing
    You know it really depends on the build of the horse. A lot of the time you can get away with smaller horses if they are thicker. I rode my old trainer's pony for a few years and he was only 14'1hh(I'm 5'5) but I got away with it I think mainly because he was big barreled.
    Karen O'Connor rode a pony thru a 3 day event. Teddy was only 14'1hh(the poor guy was put down in May-a injury during his handling).

    Unless your feet are dangling way past the barrel of the horse you are riding, or your feet dragging on the ground I wouldn't worry to much about the size of the pony.
         
        12-25-2008, 07:29 PM
      #13
    Super Moderator
    I'm 5 7ish, 145 pounds, and my favorite horse ever to ride was this little maybe 13 hand something POA. My feet were a little dangly off his sides, but he was perfectly comfortable and I was happy. The only thing was that since he was so small the saddles that were comfy for me were a little too big for him.
    I say don't let your height or lack there of get in the way of what horse/pony you buy. =D
    Good luck!
         
        12-26-2008, 05:55 AM
      #14
    Started
    I'm the same size as you. My personal preference is 13.2-14 hands. I prefer not higher than 14.2, although my TB is 16h and my arabian gelding 15.3 and I feel fine on them... but they're harder to get up on ;)
         
        12-26-2008, 09:03 AM
      #15
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by Cat    
    Ride them and try them. Its more about the width than the actual height. I'm 5'9 and comfortably ride a 13.3 hand haflinger and he is very comfortable for me. His extra width takes up my leg much better than my taller, but narrower horse. Even looking at pictures I look a lot better on the 13.3 hand haflinger than I do the 15 hand horse.
    This is very true. Everyone I know that had never ridden a stocky horse has been surprised at what I difference it makes when they have tried our Paint mares (14.2hh-15.2hh). I have the opposite problem being 6' 4", but look 'just right' on our 15.2hh lead mare. That extra width takes up a LOT of leg.
         
        12-31-2008, 05:09 AM
      #16
    Yearling
    Wow, I'm the same and I really only feel comfortable on horses 15.2 hh to 16.0 hh. I can ride a stockier pony, but I feel way to close to the ground, ideally I like 15.3 hh.
         
        12-31-2008, 06:18 AM
      #17
    Showing
    I think it really depends on what you like. So long as you choose a horse that can comfortably carry your weight (and as small as you are, that would be nearly anything LOL) then it is a matter of preferance. I am 5'5" and weigh about 145 and have ridden everything from a 14hh QH to a 17.2hh draft and I have found that I like horses in the 15 to 16 hh range. Right now the 2 horses that I ride most often are 14.3 and 15.2. Anything much taller than 16 and I have trouble getting on without help. :p
         
        01-05-2009, 10:11 AM
      #18
    Weanling
    It all depends on how the the horse fills out your leg. I am 5'8". The bay is 15.3 and very petite and narrow. The orange pony is 14.1 and WIDE! I looks about the same on both!





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        01-07-2009, 05:28 PM
      #19
    Weanling
    Hmmm... I think maybe 13.2 and up, but it depends on one's own oppinion. When you ride your horse/pony, I think that your legs should not be past your horse/pony's belly.
         
        01-08-2009, 03:17 AM
      #20
    Foal
    I agree with CAT how wide the horse or pony is really makes the difference! I am 5' 4" and my TB is 15.1 but he is really wide barreled (like a WB) so anyone who has seen me on him thinks we are a perfect match. I have also ridden my moms almost 16 hand mare TB but she is so narrow I feel like I am going to fall off!! I like my short wide horse.LOL. I also rode a 14.3 who was wide and he felt good too.
    Jmo.
         

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