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post #1 of 45 Old 01-28-2012, 01:54 AM Thread Starter
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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!

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post #2 of 45 Old 01-28-2012, 02:07 AM
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you could just about ride anything, as short as 14 hands and not look like you were a big kid on a pony. You def do not have to worry about being to big for any horses out there.
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you could just about ride anything, as short as 14 hands and not look like you were a big kid on a pony. You def do not have to worry about being to big for any horses out there.
Oh. Well that makes me feel better I think I always feel out of place when I ride shorter horses because I'm basically the tallest person at my barn. Thankyou

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post #4 of 45 Old 01-28-2012, 05:09 AM
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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.
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post #5 of 45 Old 01-28-2012, 05:25 AM
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I completely agree with above anything from 14 hh upwards. I love small ponies think that's cos I'm a shortie enjoy
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post #6 of 45 Old 01-28-2012, 10:09 AM
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I'm 5'5" and weigh about 120 pounds and my boy is (I've been told) 14.2 hands. I fit him almost perfectly.

I like to ride horses that are around 15 hands, but I've got to say I like being on the ground and being able to see over my horses back. It makes me feel more in charge.

You could probably try almost any size of horse and you'd look good. At least in my opinion :)
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post #7 of 45 Old 01-28-2012, 10:53 AM
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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.
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post #8 of 45 Old 01-28-2012, 11:09 AM
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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:


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post #9 of 45 Old 01-28-2012, 11:18 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the pictures! I can't believe that you're 5'8" and she's only 14.3 hands - you guys look great together(:
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post #10 of 45 Old 01-28-2012, 12:01 PM
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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.

Just for reference, this pony was 13.1.
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