I have not been able to be around horses in 30 years but getting back into it. I have found a 8 year old Mare that is said to be bomb proof with out any bad habits. My quistion is I 6'1" 225 lbs. And this mare is 14.2 hh is she just to small for me.
To look at and not get crap maybe. But physically it depends on the "pony" haha. I'm 6' and a shade lighter but I ride our pony that size. But she's built like a tank. Cow horse. I know guys who rope competive and ride and want 14.3hh. And their your size easy. Again it's the build not the height. Posted via Mobile Device
Yup its the build my mare is 14.2 and ridden by my trainer who is 5'8" and 180lbs (I think) but my mare is not built for anyone bigger. Now on the other hand we have a 14.2 mustang that a 200lb+ volunteer rides with no problems. Depends on the horse itself. Posted via Mobile Device
A horse can be 16hh, and have a slim build, and be small for me (I am like you, but shorter) but I can have a 14.3 hh horse, with a stocky build, and it will be great for me. I prefer shorter horses, maximum height I will go up on is 16hh (unless a draft)
Far too small for you I would say. I am 5' 6" and 8 stone and my boy is 14.2hh but still growing. I ride anything from between 14-16 hands but as my legs are quite long I need a chunky ride if opting for a smaller horse else it doesn't feel very comfortable.
My son is 6'3" inches and he rides a horse that is 15.1. He probably would be more balanced on a slightly larger horse. If you are that tall, I would not go under 15 hands. You might feel unbalanced even if the horse is stocky enough to carry you. Also, if you get a horse that is too small, your feet might drag the ground.
One thing that you can do about the weight carrying burden on the horse; if you are a little too heavy for the horse, buy a lighter weight saddle. We are riding in western style trail saddles. My husband's saddle weighs 45 pounds. Mine weighs 24 pounds.