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        07-15-2013, 07:00 PM
    Im 5'10"-11"... My identical twin is only an inch shorter, but she's older. That is irrelevant though! Haha. Problems? I have an athletic build, so broad shoulders, thick bones, big muscles/chest, smaller head... Plus the height... So that makes it really hard for me to wear any "normal" clothes and look good. Because I don't wear make up either. So I always feel like im out of place and taking up space, ya know? Also! Riding! MY goodness... When I had to pass up SO many young talented horses because I was simply too big for them.. That was hard. And that if I even slightly lean at the jumps I knock a rail because my tall upper body will tip MR. PONY over. (I hope im not the only one) And also if I lean too far back he loses all his momentum. -_- I can't win... haha then with my long legs too, jumping higher now... with shorter stirrups... is very uncomfortable, and my legs look like they don't even belong because when I shorten them to jump my knees almost pass the saddle fold. GAH!
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        07-15-2013, 07:04 PM
    Originally Posted by Jake and Dai    
    Ahhhh...yes. Tall English boots. That was a major challenge!

    When I first started taking lessons many many moons ago I tried just about every boot in the tack shop I went to. All were way way too short. So I gulped, bit the bullet and invested in a pair of custom made Vogels. Luckily they still fit after 23 years! And bonus from that shopping trip, I started chatting with a lady about how excited I was to start lessons again and she offered to give me a horse.
    DUDE I JUST HAD THIS ISSUE! I needed new boots and NOBODY had any that fit my huge calf and the height to my knee. It was horrible.. I also just got custom Vogels... Beautiful boots but a nasty pain to break in. (still working on that)
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        07-15-2013, 07:27 PM
    Im not embarrassed by my height- shorter women want longer legs!

    I don't wear heels but its because I can't figure out how to walk in the things!

    All my family is tall- I love it.
        07-15-2013, 07:35 PM
    Well I'm not "tall" per say but I have really long legs. This makes it very interesting when I ride shorter horses as I feel my legs are just dangling.

    My biggest struggle is fitness. I have a number of knee problems that tend to flare up so I favor a longer stirrup but then that leads to the dangly problem again.

    Jeans.. I always try to order the extra long (if they have that option) else it looks as though I'm donning some high-waters. I always wear long thick socks under my breeches because they barely reach my ankle.

    I like my height, and like my long legs despite the "issues"
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        07-15-2013, 08:30 PM
    I am 5'9".
    When I got my growth spurt in high school I was very self conscious and had resorted to slouching. Unfortunately it has effected my riding as it became a bad habit that years later I am still trying to correct.

    Later I loved being tall and wanted to be taller when I wanted to try some modeling. Runway models are a minimum of 5' 9", plus like Sky, I was blessed with long legs which is desirable. And like Cynical said, it sure is handy when getting on colts and tall horses!

    However the downfall is finding clothes that fit well. I buy jeans in a 38" inseam and have to buy a large in long sleeved shirts for show to get the correct sleeve length but it looks like I bought a tent to wear on my torso. Very small complaint in the scheme of things. I love being taller :)
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        07-15-2013, 08:36 PM
    @COWCHICK, I modeled too for these past 3 years, mostly dresses and swim wear, but stopped this year cause they said my shoulders were too big.. oh well! Hahhaha Clothes are just a mess for us people ey? And its HILARIOUS because I am the tallest person on my "show team" including my trainer whoooo iissss... ummm id say 5'3"? Hahaha
        07-15-2013, 08:51 PM
    Hey, don't take what they say personally!
    Unfortunately I didn't have the self confidence and would take the rejection pretty hard and gave up all together(this was a loooong time ago..LOL) I say keep after it if you love doing it!
        07-15-2013, 08:56 PM
    Nah, I didnt really like it. A bunch of stuck up prissy chicks for the most part. And I only did it about once a month, and it always managed to get in the way of one of my lessons. So im happy I quit. Haha I have more time to be an outcast horseback rider! HECK YES! XD ill talk to my horse all day long... and they can't stop me. Hahha ;P
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        07-15-2013, 09:00 PM
    It is a whole different world, isn't it?!? LOL
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        07-15-2013, 09:08 PM
    At just about 5'9" not as tall as some here,but always been the taller/slim one group of my peers now & growing up.Biggest problem I find with being taller is finding riding/show clothes to fit. The arms too short,inseams to short,torso to short. Have to buy custom show outfits for western & for English wear need to find the long versions in breeches & jackets.Buying stuff just off the rack very hard.I've have had people say the taller slimmer people look nice on a horse...nice to hear.better than, girl did you lose wt?? You need some more padding
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