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post #1 of 7 Old 08-25-2018, 04:45 PM Thread Starter
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Hello all! I was interested in getting my first full-size horse/pony (we have miniatures that I very obviously cannot ride!). I am interested in some light jumping with little to no competition (if I do it'll be a local fair). I want to jump 2-4 ft jumps. I don't like hot horses, however, don't we all just like the way they look! I am uncomfortable on a hot tall horse, I am only 5' 2" and 15 so as you can imagine most of my riding lessons in the past have been on ponies or very small horses. We have our own stables and I have 2 little brothers and I instruct lessons so it would need to be laid back but still able to get over a jump. With the fact that I teach lessons as my job being said I would need something that is not too fancy (warmbloods and thoroughbreds etc) I was wondering if someone could tell me about any breeds of horses that might fit what I'm looking for. I wouldn't mind a tall horse if it is known for being more relaxed out of the ring. No breeds taller than 15.5, I enjoy ground mounting XD. Obviously, if I find a horse that I fall in love with its size doesn't matter as long as I feel safe. Also, tell me your height and your horse's height! Thank you so much for everyone's help!

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I think we need more detail...You have your own stables and you teach lessons, but you have no horses? or am I confused, not for the first time.


A horse to pop over 2 foot, easy to find, a horse to jump 4 feet, completely different animal.


Size, well that is so hard to answer, the only real one being "it depends" something short and stocky and carry a person and let them look good, sometimes better than tall and skinny. When you are ready to shop the most important thing is that you have a horse that matches the needs of all the riders, and that can't be measured by height or breed, it is an individual thing.


Here are two riders, overweight 5' 6" me on my 16.1 hh Morgan x Belgian/QH mare.

And a tiny 8 year old on the 17 hh grey TB.......


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Do you take lessons yourself? Having some to help you put with this in real life goes a long way.

Don't look at breeds, it tells you very little. Training tops breeds always.

Finding a horse who jumps 2ft and a horse who jumps 4ft is an astonomical difference. Are you sure about those numbers? 4ft isn't small, most people who ride seriously never get there.

What kind of lessons do you teach?
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I think we need more detail...You have your own stables and you teach lessons, but you have no horses? or am I confused, not for the first time.


A horse to pop over 2 foot, easy to find, a horse to jump 4 feet, completely different animal.


Size, well that is so hard to answer, the only real one being "it depends" something short and stocky and carry a person and let them look good, sometimes better than tall and skinny. When you are ready to shop the most important thing is that you have a horse that matches the needs of all the riders, and that can't be measured by height or breed, it is an individual thing.


Here are two riders, overweight 5' 6" me on my 16.1 hh Morgan x Belgian/QH mare.

And a tiny 8 year old on the 17 hh grey TB.......


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We've got 2 miniature horses for lessons at our farm, but we've really only done lessons as of recently. So not technically my first equine ownership, but certainly my first riding horse ownership. I used to take lessons about 3 years back, I did hunter jumper but nearing the end of my lessons I jumped my first 2.5 ft oxer and I fell in love with the rush. I rode my friend's horse for 5 months, but it was western and infrequent. It's been a while since I've jumped so I'll have to start small and work my way back up. More specifically I am saying that I would like a horse that is willing to take it slow in the beginning but will jump high when I'm ready. Thank you so much for your advice, I totally understand what you're saying.
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(there was a mistake with my numbers, I meant more around 3 ft, thank you for pointing it out)I used to take lessons about three years ago. The lessons I teach are recent, I really only teach the neighbors 8 kids and my brothers on miniatures. I used to do hunter jumper but there was a family issue and I had to move in with my army dad. I exercised my friend's horse western a couple months back but I had a hard time with transportation so I had to stop since we have our own farm. Unfortunately, the closest barn is an hour away and during the school year, it's impossible to get to. Teaching lessons and having miniatures really made me realize how much I knew and how much I missed riding. Thank you for your advice!

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Hey, guys, there was a typo, I meant 2-3ft jumps that's, what I get for not proofreading.

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Wow! How exciting that you are getting your first horse.....I can completely relate to were you are coming from, seeming as I’m 14 and 5”4. I don’t own a horse (yet) but in my lesson times I ride a 14.2 22 year old QH mare, and she gives me quite the challenge occasionally, but what mare doesn’t? I know in my horse shopping experience, lots and I mean LOTS of more experienced riders that me say “you don’t need a 16.2 Horse” “you’ll die that’s so dangerous” especially my experienced horse friends, so I don’t talk about height with them, and they know I want a warmblood and they describe a 16.2 warmblood as a 17 Thoroughbred.....I have no idea!!!!

But in reality, everything comes back to temperament. You will find 17.2 thoroughbreds that you could put a baby on, you will find 13h snobby English riding ponies that are girthy as hell and are kickers/biters. It’s what height you feel comfortable with. Take this for an example, friend of my does Advanced dressage, she’s 5”3 and rides a 17 Hanoverian Mare, she lengthens her stirrups so she can give sufficient aids to the horse. If you feel like you can handle a 18 hand bombproof warmblood then buy all means, buy it! But if you feel like you want a 14.2 frisky Arab then go for it!! Personally, I don’t like riding horsss that go over 16.3, because they give off this scary nature.....and that’s my personal opinion.
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