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    01-14-2012, 03:32 PM
  #11
Weanling
I ride a 13.2 and I am 5 ft 7 so I think not to big.

You say you don't want to compete and I have Fells because if I fall off them out hacking I can easily get back on. I mainly hack but my daughter and her friends jump them.

So yes a 14.2 would probably suit you.

What area of the UK are you in? That might help with the descision as to breed etc.
     
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    01-14-2012, 03:34 PM
  #12
Trained
Absolutely not

Here you are 14.2hh Haflinger, 2 different riders, both around 250 pounds at the time, one is 6' 4" the other is 5' 9"

You will be fine

     
    01-14-2012, 03:37 PM
  #13
Foal
Oh please, at your weight you could ride most anything. I'm about 210 pounds. I wanted something short and stout like me, too. I got a haflinger ^^.
     
    01-14-2012, 03:38 PM
  #14
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Golden Horse    
absolutely not

Here you are 14.2hh Haflinger, 2 different riders, both around 250 pounds at the time, one is 6' 4" the other is 5' 9"

You will be fine

Golden Horse I want to pinch your Haffy, good job your in the US :)
     
    01-14-2012, 03:49 PM
  #15
Trained
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Originally Posted by Fellpony    
Golden Horse I want to pinch your Haffy, good job your in the US :)
She's for sale, willing to ship, you pay the costs
     
    01-14-2012, 03:52 PM
  #16
Trained
No you are not too big for a 14:2hh
Welcome to the forums
     
    01-15-2012, 04:04 AM
  #17
Foal
I feel so much better now! Thank you all.

Every time I've been for a lesson or a ride I always get given anything 15.2+ (once on a HUGE just under 18hh) which has made me think that's all I should be riding! Also asked the only 2 horsey people I know who said 15.2 and above.

I live in Leeds.
     
    01-15-2012, 04:27 AM
  #18
Foal
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Originally Posted by Golden Horse    
She's for sale, willing to ship, you pay the costs
Seeing you in a Western/Stock Saddle reminds me that riding isn't so hard. British saddle is so 'proper' and I'm having to learn everything all over again!

(I'm Australian)
     
    01-15-2012, 03:31 PM
  #19
Trained
The larger of my two geldings (Trooper) is a 14.2/3 Appy/Arabian. He weights about 840, I weight about 175. Add 30 lbs in clothes & saddle, and we're at 205/840.

The mustang pony (Cowboy) is 13 hands on a tall day...I'd guess 650ish for weight, tops. I use an English saddle with him, and I need to pay close attention to my balance and his. His trot is like a drunk sailor, while his canter is very smooth, so we canter more than trot. If my weight bothers him, he hides it well - but I could throw him off balance if I was sloppy. Being a short wheelbase model, he can turn up his butt at speed and I need to anticipate and adjust.

Trooper & I:



Trooper is about the smallest weight horse I feel comfortable riding without restriction. I'm at 25% of his body weight every time we ride. I'm at least at 30% with Cowboy. I'd be willing to ride him for 2-3 hours at a walk, but since we canter & gallop, I keep most rides down to 30 min.

I will say that they both seem to prefer my riding to that of my youngest daughter & daughter-in-law, both of whom weigh around 100 lbs but who are not exactly fanatics about not bouncing. A rider who tries to move in synch with their horse is much better for the horse than a rider who just weighs less.

Articles on riders weight effecting a horses soundness?
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    01-15-2012, 03:43 PM
  #20
Trained
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Originally Posted by Turndial    
Seeing you in a Western/Stock Saddle reminds me that riding isn't so hard. British saddle is so 'proper' and I'm having to learn everything all over again!

(I'm Australian)
That was a great saddle to start over in, and I'm now mad that I sold it when I lost so much weight, because this fat backside would love to have it here right now. It was an Abetta Endurance Saddle very light to carry, didn't add to much extra weight to the horses load, no horn to get in the way and make life uncomfortable, it fitted a lot of horses and they went well in it.

What I really liked is I could ride more English or western in style as I fancied. *Le Sigh* I shouldn't of sold it
     

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