I just got a free little mare. She is 13hh tall and said to be around three years old. I got her used to the saddle and blanket. I am 5'3" and weigh more than 100 but less than 120. Can I get on her bareback? Am I too heavy for her?
She, according to the weight tape, weighs like 550 lbs. I know my height would probably look silly on her, but I got her for free, so I might as well make a good little horse out of her. She is very, very docile.
You should be OK. I started getting on Hunter bareback last April and he just turned 3 last month. I am 5'6" and 150 pounds and Hunter is now just under 14 hands so I wouldn't worry about size. The one thing I didn't do at first was ride for too long or faster than a walk, but he was 2.5 then. Now he has trotted and even cantered a couple of times but am still keeping it pretty low key until he is 4.
Here is a pict taken 3 weeks ago, I don't look too big.
Its more dependent on her build than anything. However - at 5'3 you could get away with riding most anything. I'm 5'9 but ride a horse that is 14 hands on his tip-toes. But he is a very stocky haflinger and his wide girth takes up my leg well and he has no trouble with my weight. There are other horses that I have tried that were taller than him but not as wide and neither me nor the horse was comfortable.
He is a blast to ride out on the trails because he out-goes the bigger guys and we can get through overgrown trails easier than the 16 hand horses.
I agree. I think you should be fine. I am 5'8" and 200 pounds and rode a stocky 14.2 hh horse forever. His barrel was big and his legs were short so we fit well...as I have long legs and a short torso.
I have always heard that you want to stay a little less than 20% of a horses weight. You being 100 makes it just about perfect.