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post #11 of 18 Old 05-27-2007, 12:46 PM
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that would explain why i got second in a dressage show and the first place pony didnt execute the moves at the right markers or right time. haha thanx i've been wondering y that happened.
do you know of any tall equestrians that have gone pro??? i dont think i do and it sort of discourages me.
Tall equestrians? There are quite a few!
Zara Philips - At 5'6" she is above the female average height of 5"5'
Nick Skelton - 5' 9" This is quite short but still not incredibly short.
Height should not really matter; weight on the other hand could but as you are light for your height I can't see it impacting greatly.
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post #12 of 18 Old 05-28-2007, 12:48 AM
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My sister is 6 foot 2 and she rides a 15.3hh Thoroughbred, she doesn't at all look to big!!! The picture below is a bit goofy! :o

I think what eva you get out of a book isn't always right! Poppy the horse below is about 2 1/2 foot wide so yeh!! I think the best way to figure out if you are to big is simply jump on!! Have a look, for dressage make sure your leg is acually touching the horses side for the aids. (Not dangling at their knees)
Hope i was a help!

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post #13 of 18 Old 05-28-2007, 07:12 PM
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My sister is 6 foot 2 and she rides a 15.3hh Thoroughbred, she doesn't at all look to big!!! The picture below is a bit goofy!

I think what eva you get out of a book isn't always right! Poppy the horse below is about 2 1/2 foot wide so yeh!! I think the best way to figure out if you are to big is simply jump on!! Have a look, for dressage make sure your leg is acually touching the horses side for the aids. (Not dangling at their knees)
As I said, a critical eye is always best; however, it is a guide. I also said that it isn't really height but weight that you judge for compatibility between horse and rider. In strictly height terms I also said that it doesn't particularly matter apart from possibly dressage and showing where it could affect your marks.
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Not at all!!

Dave really she has never got critized for her height on Poppy, and because she is competing pretty heigh up in the Dressage and Hacking (Showing for people out of Australia) and she has never once told that she was to tall.
I know someone who is 170kg and rides a 15hh QH mare, yes she is big but the mare handles it!
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Dave really she has never got critized for her height on Poppy, and because she is competing pretty heigh up in the dressage and Hacking (Showing for people out of Australia) and she has never once told that she was to tall.
I know someone who is 170kg and rides a 15hh qh mare, yes she is big but the mare handles it!
Hence why I said possibly. Judging is a subjective thing and in high level competition where every movement is carried to practical perfection the only thing a judge may go by is which one 'looks' more right as in simply nicer to look at - if you are a bit out of proportion then that could make a difference... not would; could.
In the cases you put forward - I have already said that it is weight that really matters and so comparitively in weight they will probably look in proportion. The formulae are only ever meant to be a general guide for suitability anyway and are only really designed to help with your search for a horse as it will rule the horses that are too big or too small out straight away - this means that of course there will be plenty of exceptions to the rule but at least it saves you tramping 300 miles to see a horse that turns out to not actually be at all suitable despite being tall.
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post #16 of 18 Old 05-31-2007, 11:44 PM
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thanks, but i think there is no formula to love your horse. You just have to find a horse for your height and weight. I don't really think it effects the horses performance-well it might but not much. Doing dressage-yes you have to present to the highest you possibalbe can but you can be pretty big to do alright. Like i am fairly small and a lady about twice the size of me won in Rider Class.
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Well I think it depends to what extreme one is mis-matched. For example, if you have someone who is over-horsed they are going to have significant problems gaining the control needed simply because they are not strong enough for the horse to listen and vice versa.
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post #18 of 18 Old 06-02-2007, 04:13 AM
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Another factor to think about is torso size vs leg size. Some people who are tall have very long legs, but a smaller torso. Others have a long torso, but shorter legs. The larger the barrel on the horse, the shorter the legs will look.
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