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SydLovesJackers 02-06-2010 12:11 AM

I think i'm too tall for my horse?
 
Jack is about 15.1-15.2
and i'm about 5'7.

I want to jump him, do you think i'm too tall for him?
The stirrups have to go down pretty far.

D:

Allison Finch 02-06-2010 12:26 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SydLovesJackers (Post 543828)
Jack is about 15.1-15.2
and i'm about 5'7.

I want to jump him, do you think i'm too tall for him?
The stirrups have to go down pretty far.

D:

Show us a photo of you two together.

I suspect you are just fine. I evented this QH that was only a little over 15 hands and I am over 5'09". We did well up to the day he sold.

http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w...ingGulchHT.jpg

SydLovesJackers 02-06-2010 12:28 AM

i dont have any pics of me riding him because my mom is allergic and doesnt really like to be around them, but i will try to get one up soon!

Fowl Play 02-06-2010 12:31 AM

I am 5'7" too, and I ride a 15 hh QH. My instructor's son and husband are both 6' + and ride 15 and 15.2 hh horses too. I doubt you're too tall.

Honeysuga 02-06-2010 12:36 AM

Height has little bearing, it is weight that is the kicker. if you aren't over 20% of his body weight, you are fine.

Plains Drifter 02-06-2010 12:41 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Allison Finch (Post 543837)
Show us a photo of you two together.

I suspect you are just fine. I evented this QH that was only a little over 15 hands and I am over 5'09". We did well up to the day he sold.

http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w...ingGulchHT.jpg

Lovely horse!

juniormylove 02-06-2010 11:49 AM

I highly suspect you are NOT too big for your horse. You may LOOK a little tall, but I doubt he has any trouble carrying you and the two of you are probably fine together.

I am 5'9" and rode a large pony (a fine boned one too!) for most of the summer. We jumped twisty turny 2'9" jumper courses without a problem.

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t...ing/PONAY1.jpg

Mercedes 02-06-2010 12:17 PM

Height of horse and rider is irrelevant unless we're talking extremes, like a 13h pony and a 6' man.

A horse with a well-sprung ribcage will take up a lot of rider leg, making it quite possible for a tall rider to sit on them and look appropriate even if they are only 15h. On the other hand, a slab-sided horse takes up very little rider leg and is more appropriate to a shorter rider regardless of the horse's height.

Mercedes 02-06-2010 12:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by juniormylove (Post 544106)
I highly suspect you are NOT too big for your horse. You may LOOK a little tall, but I doubt he has any trouble carrying you and the two of you are probably fine together.

I am 5'9" and rode a large pony (a fine boned one too!) for most of the summer. We jumped twisty turny 2'9" jumper courses without a problem.

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t...ing/PONAY1.jpg

You are too tall for that horse and do not fit his frame. A horse of the same height, but with a well-sprung ribcage would suit you better.

A perfect example is in Alison Finch's post...same height of horse and rider, but that rider fits that horse because the horse is of an entirely different build.

shanoona 02-07-2010 02:18 PM

I ride pony mare about 13 hands and I am cca 170 centimetres tall. No problem, I think.

http://photos-a.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos..._2623093_n.jpg


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