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  • Is being tall good for hunter jumper
  • 16h horse for 5'11" rider hunter

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    11-26-2010, 08:53 PM
  #11
Yearling
My boyfriend is 6'2" riding one of our little jumper ponies at the barn. It was his first time riding a horse before. He looked silly... but he loved it! She packed him around like no big thing. Hahaha!
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    11-28-2010, 11:08 PM
  #12
Foal
Thanks! Its more of a trend I guess to be short with a huge horse, but im showing here and now so its hard not to be in the "trend"
     
    12-06-2010, 10:09 PM
  #13
Weanling
Yayyy I've been waiting for a thread like this!! Im 5'11" and I am also a hunter (i used to event) This tidbit of news might make you feel better, since im a senior, I've been doing lots of college visits, and naturally I want to ride in college. On all my college visits, I go an meet the equestrian team coachs. On one particular visit (i don't know how it came up, but it did) we were discussing height. I kind of let it slip that I didnt like being so tall cause I thought I looked funny compared to all the 5'4" hunters on their 17hh horses. The coach then told me that he currently has a 5'11" rider on the team who is extremely talented, but you can tell she feels uncomfortable in the show ring b/c she is so tall. He told me my height is an asset, and you can COMMAND the show ring when you are confident with your height. We TALL people are easier to take notice of. He told me it was a wonderfull thing, and to NEVER be ashamed of it, because it will give me the upper hand. You can bet I walked out of his office literally shining. Yes I have loooongggg legs, and unfortunately it does show flaws in my position more, but this just gives me incentive to perfect my position over fences, and in the flat. I work so hard focusing on a perfect position of my legs and body, because YES, it CAN look awkward if I let my leg slip back, if my release is a little short and your upper body is just jutting out (hehe my current problem). But honestly, what matters if how you ride and your position. Back to OP I usually don't ride horses smaller than 15.1 and prefer to stay above 16hh :). Be confident, and don't worry. Tall is good. Even if I myself am still figuring that out. Sorry for all the errors, I got excited heheh. And heres a picture to show how looong my leg is (not a good picture I know, but its the only one I can find right now :( haha)
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    12-07-2010, 12:24 AM
  #14
Yearling
IM A MIDGET lol Im 5'1 and ride a 17.0h TB
     
    12-07-2010, 05:08 PM
  #15
Weanling
Ahh, I can sympathize. I'm like 5'8" ish which isn't TOO tall but I have reeeaaally long legs. -_- I can't ride any of the ponies and feel huge on most of the 'normal' sized horses...I feel most at home on the 17.2+ giant lol.

On a 16 something, stocky horse:


On a large pony [HAHA]
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t...ng/joey2-2.jpg

Aaand on 'my' baby, the 17.2+ monster [she wasn't too happy that I was making her do lead changes lol]
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t...ottybrooke.jpg
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    12-08-2010, 08:27 PM
  #16
Foal
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Originally Posted by sullylvr    
yayyy I've been waiting for a thread like this!! Im 5'11" and I am also a hunter (i used to event) This tidbit of news might make you feel better, since im a senior, I've been doing lots of college visits, and naturally I want to ride in college. On all my college visits, I go an meet the equestrian team coachs. On one particular visit (i don't know how it came up, but it did) we were discussing height. I kind of let it slip that I didnt like being so tall cause I thought I looked funny compared to all the 5'4" hunters on their 17hh horses. The coach then told me that he currently has a 5'11" rider on the team who is extremely talented, but you can tell she feels uncomfortable in the show ring b/c she is so tall. He told me my height is an asset, and you can COMMAND the show ring when you are confident with your height. We TALL people are easier to take notice of. He told me it was a wonderfull thing, and to NEVER be ashamed of it, because it will give me the upper hand. You can bet I walked out of his office literally shining. Yes I have loooongggg legs, and unfortunately it does show flaws in my position more, but this just gives me incentive to perfect my position over fences, and in the flat. I work so hard focusing on a perfect position of my legs and body, because YES, it CAN look awkward if I let my leg slip back, if my release is a little short and your upper body is just jutting out (hehe my current problem). But honestly, what matters if how you ride and your position. Back to OP I usually don't ride horses smaller than 15.1 and prefer to stay above 16hh :). Be confident, and don't worry. Tall is good. Even if I myself am still figuring that out. Sorry for all the errors, I got excited heheh. And heres a picture to show how looong my leg is (not a good picture I know, but its the only one I can find right now :( haha)
YES!! Thanks!
     
    01-01-2012, 03:06 PM
  #17
Foal
I am 6' tall and looking for a properly fitting hunter-jumper flat seat saddle and having extra-long femurs (from hip to knee) it is very DIFFICULT! So, I am happy to see all of these professional names of tall riders being posted. I know that Chris Kappler rides in a Butet Premium, so I have been looking for one of those. Now I can search for other saddles that these tall riders are using, so THANKS! Also, any suggestions for long and wide flapped saddles welcome! (right now I know the Butet, Dover Circuit Elite, and an IDEAL saddlery saddle fit me, but looking for more options because these saddles are few and far between - except the Dover, but the new ones are BAD - need an older 18") Any other tall folks out there having trouble finding a saddle?
     
    01-01-2012, 03:32 PM
  #18
Yearling
Well....I'm 5'9 and I'm certainly done growing at 30 LOL! So now I feel tall and OLD. I was also the tallest kid who rode at my barn but I ride with ladies now who are just about my height or just slightly shorter and they ride horses ranging from 14hh-15.3

I like anything over 15hh honestly. I also like wider horses and they don't always end up being the tall ones.

This is me on Sherman who is a 15.3 or 16hh draft x

308513_2495997800508_1269722567_2926403_69292046_n by Cecillia B Photography, on Flickr

Me on my 16.3 TB

319140_2638969374708_1269722567_3026957_1214925348 _n by Cecillia B Photography, on Flickr

And me on my (then) 14.2 QH/Appie...I fairly certain I look ridiculous on her lol! But I expect her to chunk out in a couple years, her Momma was short but built like a tank.

251452_2071883357912_1269722567_2458066_7010917_n by Cecillia B Photography, on Flickr
     
    01-01-2012, 04:47 PM
  #19
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Regan7312    
Y'all are lucky! I'm 5'0 and 21 years old and done growing..it stinks being this short, my legs are very short and my instructor always has to put extra holes in the leathers hahah.
Short is great! I'm not even 5'1, 15 years old and should be done growing. But I get called all the time to help break and train ponies that none of the taller riders can ride. The 12hh ponies are the best!

I can only imagine how difficult it'd be finding equipment for you tall folks. I have a hard enough time finding stuff small enough for me!
     
    01-01-2012, 08:40 PM
  #20
Weanling
Lol, I forgot I ever posted here!

But anyways...just thought you guys might find this one amusing. I school the devil pony at my barn a lot. He's under 12hh, and I'm a hair over 5'8"


^^With my stirrups shortened 3 holes :p
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