I've been riding for 7 years and lately I've been looking into leasing a horse. I feel that I have plenty of experience with lesson horses and I think that I am ready for a horse of my own. As of late I've been getting very comfortable riding the 16-17+hh thoroughbreds at my barn and I was originally planning on leasing a tb of my own. However I've fallen in love with this 14hh pony. I wouldn't hesitate to start the lease if he was another 2hh taller, but I'm not sure I will be the right size for him forever. I'm a petite 5'1" and 100 lbs and my trainer assures me that I'm not to big for him (he's actually her pony), but I have rather long legs and I don't know how much more I will grow (I'm 15) I don't think I will grow too much taller but I'm still apprehensive.
I ride nothing but little horses and I am 5'2'' 115 lbs. Look at western riders - Not a lot of those reiners and cowhorses are over 14.2hh and they are ridden by men who are 6ft and taller. I know that it is hard to be the one on a pony surrounded by big horses, (It's frequent for me), but ponies are just as capable of competing and teaching you new things as a larger horse is.
My horse is a whopping 13.3hh and she is the most athletic and quick little thing I've ever swung a leg over.
I stopped growing around 15, I'm about 5'3" and about 120 lbs. My mare is 14.2 if you're really generous and she needs a trim she's also half arab, granted I ride western but she EASILY packs me around.
The thing that I put above the percentages and calculations is: do you feel awkward on her? I absolutely can't stand anything over 15.2 that was immediate reason for me not to purchase a horse when I was looking, however I have a friend who is actually about my size who prefers horses 16++ hands.
Bottom line is a) at 5'1" I doubt you'd look ridiculous on him and b) if its a lease it probably won't be permeant and you can get out of it.
Yep SorrelHorse my mare is 14.2 hands of spitfire when she wants to be
I'm almost 4'11, 90 lbs, and am currently riding a 12.2hh Caspian. That is a SMALL horse, yet she carries me with ease. If you are comfortable and the horse can pack you around, go for it! 14hh really isn't all that short anyways, and you aren't tall. Provided that the rider rides balanced, the tack fits, and the horse is built well/in shape, a 14hh horse can easily pack an average 5'5 150 lb woman around all day... so don't worry about it!
I agree that you're not too big for that pony, but like you said it's not a matter of too big but rather if the commitment is worth it for you to just grow out of the horse - I've been in that position too. Really, it depends what you want to do with the horse. Do you compete or just take lessons?
I agree with the others! Don't worry about it! You're TINY. :) You'll probably always be small enough to ride him.
Speaking of little horses - my mare was barely 14.1, I'm 5'8" and 140-ish pounds [probably closer to 160 in the photo I'm going to include], and she never had an issue packing me around. Se was solid as a brick house [1000lbs was a good, not skinny or fat, weight for her] but she was short.
She was "old" too - she was 27 in the picture, but we continued to ride regularly until her passing this last March at 29. We actually went for a long trail ride a day before she passed! [she colicked severely, there was nothing anyone could have done]
Anyway, we did everything. Daily hard rides, up and down hills that give "steep" new meaning...etc. She never complained once.
[excuse our get-up, this was while we were working at a summer camp. It was "Twin Day" and she was my twin. :) ]
Unless you have legs up to your armpits, you are not too tall for a 14h horse. Posted via Mobile Device
This made me giggle.
I agree with everyone else. I think you're a good size match for the pony, but it really does depend on what you're comfortable with. I used to ride 16-17hh+ horses when I was training/leasing/etc and now I own a stocky 14.2 (or 14.3, have to get her officially measured) pony that can carry my 5'9, 150 pounds easily. She's super wide and takes up so much leg that I don't even look that strange on her.
Again, it's personal preference, but if you're only worried about whether you're too big for her, you really aren't.
WOW! If you hadn't included that this horse was only 14.1h I would have never guessed! That horse carries tall riders really well. Now as for my little 14h Arabian.. I'm 5'7 and my legs hang down way too far to be comfortable as my main riding horse.