So I'm 5'5" and weigh about 120 pounds. I was just wondering how tall of a horse I would look best on. I usually feel a little weird on any horse below 16 hands, but everyone tells me I look fine. Also, Im told I have super long legs. I guess its sorta true - I always put my stirrups 2 - 3 holes longer than my arms estimate. So yeah, thanks for reading!
While it depends on the horses build, you're height/weight will look fine on many average sized horses (14-16hh) although when get taller, larger built horses you may look overhorsed, but that is not so bad.
At 5' 5" you are 16.1 hands high - as a very rough rule of thumb I reckon horses between 14.1 and 16.1 look OK for that height, so 0 to 2 hands shorter than you. But it also depends how well the horse takes up your legs - a fine 14.1 might look a little small for you but a wide 14.1 would look OK. Note - I am only talking about aesthetic proportions - weight carrying abilities depend on rider competence and horse fitness as well as weight & size.
Hmmm...I'm a 5'8" guy at 175 lbs, and I've been riding my 13 hand BLM mustang. No pictures, but with my pony, jump saddle, jeans, helmet & cowboy boots, I'm sure I look pretty odd. But the mustang doesn't seem to care, and one of the joys of being 53 is that I don't give a rat's rear either! Of course, we haven't met many folks out in the desert, and all my neighbors think I'm strange anyways.
The mustang with my 5'0", 100 lb daughter-in-law. Use your imagination to figure out what I look like on him:
I'll add a picture of me on my 14.3 Appy. You can decide if he looks too small for me:
I am the same height as you (but weigh about 15 pounds more) and I've ridden everything from 13 to 18 hands. I only looked a little big on the 13 hand pony. My own preferance though is horses between 14 and 15 hands.