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  • 5'3 girl on 16.2 horse
  • How tall is the most a person riding a 14 hand horse should be?

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    01-24-2012, 08:20 AM
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I'm 5'3'' and my horse is a 16.2hh light draft type warmblood. His height is considered rather common here and many ride larger horses, but for me it suits well enough.
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    01-24-2012, 09:11 AM
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Im 5'5''. Have been since before I even got out of highschool. I've ridden horses as short as 14.3hh up to 16.3hh. I like riding all sizes, but I find my personal best fit is 15.3hh-16.0hh.
    01-24-2012, 09:17 AM
I am 5' 8" and my new mare is 15.1 hh I do believe.
    01-24-2012, 09:31 AM
Im 6 foot and ride whatever Im allowed to ride..lol from 14.3 to 16.2 is the size range I have ridden.. only ride in lessons so I use what I can
    01-24-2012, 09:44 AM
I am 5' 2" tall and I have 6 horses. My smallest is 14.3 and my biggest is 16.3 hh. I just got a new girl, she's 15.3 ish (I haven't measured her yet) and I will be doing a lot of riding her this winter/spring/ summer. I ride both western and english, depending on what I am doing. I am not great at english, but my horses are. So I am taking lessons!
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    01-24-2012, 12:42 PM
A better question should be how tall of a horse should you be riding. The horse should fit the rider but you do have to take into consideration what the horse is being used for. Horses that are big movers bred for dressage are usually tall as are upper level jumpers. A 6' 4" man doesn't look good on a 14.2 hand horse. A 5'2" woman doesn't look all that great on a 16.3 hand horse either and their legs do not bend around the barrel the way they should. If you have ever seen those three year old cowboys/girls riding around on dead broke ranch horses at team ropings you get the picture. When you are paid to ride horses you ride what you get and we used to train jumpers. Ripping the crotch out of my Wranglers mounting tall horses really got old. My philosophy is, if your legs are not long enough to mount without using a mounting block your horse is too tall. I am 5"7" and my horse is 14.3 hands, a perfect size for me. Size is an important thing to consider when buying a horse. As for me, I wouldn't want a horse over 15.2 hands tall.
    01-24-2012, 12:49 PM
I am 5'3 and went through an intial phase of always getting the tallest horses, but have now settled on 15.2 or so being my favorite. Gem is 15h. I do not enjoy riding my husbands draft coss at 16.1 h.

I do agree with eliduc to a point, however it is not just about height. You have to consider the horses overall structure. A short, wide horse will eat up just as much if not more leg on a person than a tall, narrow horse. My husband has ridden 15h stocky horses without a problem, but hates my narrow arab.
    01-24-2012, 12:56 PM
But I have to take my weight into consideration as well.. there are 16 plus hand horses I wouldnt dream of riding.. but some in the 14 hand range that will pack me for hours.. it all has to do with bone structure and muscle mass.. not sheer size of a horse that matters.. being upfront with my size and weight most places match me to a size appropriate horse.. and I havent had any problems
    01-24-2012, 01:23 PM
I am 5'3" and my QH is 15 h. He is the tallest I would get. I don't think I could climb (drag, pull) myself into the saddle if he was any taller.

As it is now, I catch my self tapping him with my toes in the ribs as I (claw, kick, drag, pull) myself up and into the saddle.

I use a western saddle and prefer trail riding (although pastures work nicely too).
    01-24-2012, 01:31 PM
I'm 5'1 1/2" (please don't forget the 1/2, I need every little bit I can get!) and my gelding is 16.2hh - I just have him for pleasure and hacking.

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