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post #1 of 13 Old 04-22-2013, 09:22 PM Thread Starter
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Size Of Horse?


I was not sure what thread to put this as. However I'm looking for a horse, although I don't know what a good size would be. I'm am 5'1" and weigh about 116lbs... Just wondering what you all would think? I recently found a pony rhat 4'1, I'm sure that's a little short, but thought I should ask. Mainly I'm wondering what's the max-lowest height horse that would suit me?
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post #2 of 13 Old 04-22-2013, 09:37 PM
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I would ask what are you planing on doing with this horse once you get one?
How much do you know about hoses?
Do you know anyone that can help you find a good horse for you?
It sounds like you are asking how small of a horse can you get and still ride?j
why are you wanting to go small?
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post #3 of 13 Old 04-22-2013, 09:38 PM
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As small and petite as you are, you could probably do fine with anything from pony size (12-13 hands) to as large as you wanted to go.

I'm 5'5 and weigh about 135 and I rode a 13.1 hand pony for a time and really enjoyed him. He carried me comfortably all day long at work and he was really easy to saddle/unsaddle and get on/off of because he was so close to the ground .
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I'm 6' and ride my daughters QP that's 14.1. Lots of grown men ride 14.3. My gelding is 16 and is slim so feels small to me. Wife's 15.2 ish gelding is as wide as he is tall so feels bigger.
I guess what I'm saying is height isn't the concern so much as build and what you feel comfortable on.
On a side note, you said 4'1. 4'1" would be 16.1 hands. That's BIG! And definitely not a pony. I took the liberty of assuming you meant 14.1?
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Phly, yes, 14.0" is what I ment. Thanks for pointing that out.

I'm not really the eventing kind of girl... so manly riding around home, and trail riding. I know a bit about horses. My dad knows more, he grew up on a farm, and raised, trained, broke, and rode horses. He knows alot about them. My dad could help me find the right horse. Also its not that I want a small horse... the gelding just caught my eye, and then I got to thinking about height. I don't know if I would want a horse/pony that small. I'm thinking atleast a 15.0" would do well for me. I have another horse I've been looking out for a while. He's also a gelding. He neck reins (love neck reiners), he seems like a great "kids" horse...
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I think anything from 13.2-15hh would be just fine. I myself don't really look for anything over 15hh, im 5'4 I like them short and shout ;)
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If phly is correct in assuming you meant 14.1, I am around your height and I do not consider that a "small" horse, I consider it one inch above perfect! :)

There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.
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I definitely think you can ride a smaller horse or medium/large pony easily. I personally enjoy my 14h3 Arab/Saddlebred as he's a great size as I'm 5'4". I really feel the difference when I ride my 16h2 Canadian mare as she has very solid build. It's really important that you feel secure, comfortable and safe on the horse you finally choose. That's what's important to me at least.
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post #9 of 13 Old 04-22-2013, 11:57 PM
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I'm pretty close to your size (5'2") and my horses range in size from 14.1 to 15.0 hands - plenty big enough for my interests (mostly trail riding). If the right horse came along (not that I'm looking) that was 13.2 hands I'd take it but I don't think I'd want one any bigger than 15 hands.

Try your potential pony out and if it feels right you've got the best answer to your question. Good luck.
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post #10 of 13 Old 04-23-2013, 12:16 AM
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Originally Posted by Phly View Post
On a side note, you said 4'1. 4'1" would be 16.1 hands. That's BIG! And definitely not a pony. I took the liberty of assuming you meant 14.1?
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4'1" would not be 16.1 hh. It would be 12.1 hh. 4" to 1hh, 3hh to 1'. So 3hh x 4' = 12hh + 1" would be 12.1hh
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