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dynamite. 02-03-2010 05:45 PM

your height/weight comparing to your horses size
Sorry if there has been a thread like this before, couldn't find one. Anyways, I often feel tall with my 14.2hh, 800lbs appy mare. I am 5'4", 120lbs and have fairly long legs. When riding in a western saddle, my legs are about 4 inches below her belly. If I'm english they are right at her belly. I just feel huge for her sometimes, and I'm afraid I am heavy/uncomfortable for her. We do trails and western gaming, and jumping for fun sometimes. I was just wondering if you think I'm big for her? What is your size comparing to your horse?

maura 02-03-2010 05:57 PM

Doesn't sound like it to me. I am not a Western expert by any means, but I do see Western professionals with their heel below the horse below.

If you were showing hunter seat I might have a different answer based on how she takes up your leg, but honestly, I think you're fine.

wild_spot 02-03-2010 06:08 PM

You'll have to convert it, but i'm 170cm and 70/70kg - My ideal size is 14.2h and my new pony i'm breaking is 13.3h. my show horse is 15.2h and I wish he would shrink a few inches!

eventerdrew 02-03-2010 06:16 PM

I'm 5'2" (145 lbs) and I have a 15hh, a 16hh and a 17hh horse. I always feel so big on Demi because I've never had a horse that small. haha

dressagebelle 02-03-2010 06:43 PM

I am 5'1" and weigh about 95lbs. The horses I ride are 14 hands (she's still growing should top out about 15), 15.1ish, and the last three are about 16 hands.

roro 02-03-2010 07:38 PM

I'm 5'9 and 126 lbs. My current horse is a generous 17 hands and 1375 lbs if I remember correctly. My preferred size of riding horse is 16-16.2, I like them a little smaller.

Mare in foal 02-03-2010 08:26 PM

I also sometimes feel too big for my 14.3 paint. I'm 5'5 and weigh about 135 lbs. i dont think he has a problem carrying me at all, i just sometimes wonder if i 'look' to big for him

zurmdahl 02-03-2010 09:24 PM

I don't think you're too big. I'm 5'0 on a good day and 92 pounds, my horse is around 15.2. I would like a horse that's a bit bigger, maybe 16 hands. Any bigger than that and I feel way too small. I love that I can ride ponies though and not look too ridiculous :)

heyycutter 02-03-2010 09:34 PM

im 5'5'' and about 145 pounds and i have a stalky 15.1 h quarter horse and a 14.3-15h ish slender quarter horse. i think i fit them both pretty well

Wallaby 02-03-2010 10:09 PM

I'm 5'8" and about 140ish pounds while Lacey is 14.1hh, if she's lucky. I'm not sure how much she weighs but I'd bet she's around 900 pounds, she's a chunky polish Arab. She fills up my leg pretty well so that when I'm riding western the bottoms of my feet are just below her belly and english my feet are right at her belly.
Ideally, I'd love to have a draft cross that fills up my leg really well. At the camp I volunteer at, there was a Clyde/QH cross that was probably easily 17hh and I loved riding him. He filled up my leg really well and I didn't have to maneuver weirdly to effectively reach his sides which was lovely.

But I'm happy with my poneh. At least she's wide. heehee

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