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Gleek 03-07-2012 02:49 AM

Another horse height post.
 
I'm 16 and I've been riding for 10 years and i'm definitely an experienced rider. I'm about 5'6/7 and i'm still unsure of what height horse i should look for.
I used to own a gorgeous thick welsh pony only 12hh and he fit me perfectly. I then moved onto a 14.3hh quater horse, thick as well and very forward moving. I know the height doesn't really matter it's the barrel but... I also ride a 15.3hh TB, thinner than the QH. I also look fine on her as well. I can controll them all with ease.

With these results should I rather look for personality and experience of a horse rather than height? (I think I should, just curious of what others think)

Katee 03-07-2012 03:20 AM

I think it really depends on what you want to do with the horse in question, your preferences, and what you're comfortable with.

In the end, height is not the most important factor when choosing a horse. I'd say fit of personality, overall conformation, and experience are much more important.

That being said, I'm a sucker for the tall ones. :)

Gleek 03-07-2012 05:06 AM

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Yeah it'd be an alrounder but yes! I actually love heavy horses. I'd love to jump a clydesdale. :')

kitten_Val 03-07-2012 10:09 AM

It always makes me laugh when people care how they look on horse. I'm 5'9", my qh is stocky 14'3. I look great on her and noone gonna prove different to me.

I know some smaller horses being awesome jumpers and not looking "small" at all when they fly over that huge jump. It's all about what fit you, personality, and the heart of the horse!

Cacowgirl 03-07-2012 10:28 AM

I care about the height of my horse, but it's because I'm short-barely over 5' & now that I'm older, just not quite as flexible, so want to make the mounting as easy as possible.

BlueSpark 03-07-2012 10:52 AM

I've ridden 13.2-18hh. I dont think I look bad on any of them. I'm 5'5". Because I am fairly stocky with short leggs and I trail ride ,I like the 14.2-16hh range simply for practicality. My barn owner is nearly 6' and all legs, so she looks a little like she's draging her feet on short, small barreled horses, But as long as its solid built and 15hh+ she looks fine. Depends mostly on what you do.

kitten_Val 03-07-2012 11:36 AM

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Originally Posted by Cacowgirl (Post 1396117)
I care about the height of my horse, but it's because I'm short-barely over 5' & now that I'm older, just not quite as flexible, so want to make the mounting as easy as possible.

Lol! That's a good reason, girl. I'm not talking about health or physical issues of course. Some people can only ride gaited horses (because of the back or other issues). So all those reasons are very good excuses.

Gleek 03-08-2012 01:35 AM

well height does kind of matter in the horse. Id you can't fit your legs right around the horse you won't have very good control and yoou don't want a horse too small.

Delfina 03-08-2012 01:46 AM

Temperament of the horse matters way more than the height. My then 7yr old rode a 16.2 TANK of a Warmblood with no issues. She looked like a lil monkey perched on his back but she adored him and he adored and behaved flawlessly for her.

I am 5'2" and looked at everything from 13hh ponies to 17hh warmbloods before buying my 14.2 Morgan. None of the horses were rejected due to their height or lack thereof, they just didn't have the personality, training or potential I was looking for. First ride on my Morgan and I knew that he and I just "fit". My trainer sat there with a big ol' grin on her face watching us and went yup, that is YOUR horse.

Cat 03-08-2012 08:32 AM

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Originally Posted by Gleek (Post 1397430)
well height does kind of matter in the horse. Id you can't fit your legs right around the horse you won't have very good control and yoou don't want a horse too small.

That is more related to the stockiness and build of the horse rather than the height. I've ridden +15 hand horses that I felt too big on because they were so narrow in build, yet my main riding horse is a stocky 13.3 hand haflinger and I feel just fine on him.

I agree with others - while height can be a bit of a factor (we don't want to be riding minis here) I don't think its one of the top factors in picking a horse and comes down more to personal preference as long as the build is suited to carrying the weight of the rider.


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