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post #1 of 6 Old 10-05-2017, 08:08 AM Thread Starter
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Hi guys (and girls)

New to the forum, kinda new to horse riding...

I'm lucky enough my girlfriend is running a stable with several horses, so I can see whats what about several breeds...
My girlfriend is a "classical schooled" rider and I'm leaning more towards Australian riding
(already bought myself an Australian saddle and that one already saved me from being ejected)

Now I wonder, is there a difference in height rider / height horse opinions depending on what schooling U had (classical or Western)
What I mean is, I'm 188 cm tall, about 76 kg.
Classically schooled opinions state I need a horse @ least 160 cm (63").

@ present I'm riding a 160cm Appaloosa, and I'm searching to buy my own horse.

I got 2 breeds in mind: Appaloosa or Arabian.
I know, big difference.
Problem I got are:
- Classically schooled riders say I need a horse @ least 160cm, and because of that, I already missed out on 2 beautiful Appaloosa's, one 154 and one 158 in height...
- An Arabian of that height (160 cm) isnt a breed standard...

I cant imagine that height rider vs height horse calculation isnt flexibel.
I mean:
Arent there any indigenous Middle Eastern riders from my height riding Arabians?
Or for that matter, indigenous Mongolians with kinda my height that ride Mongolian pony's?
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post #2 of 6 Old 10-05-2017, 08:49 AM
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Welcome to the Forum!

I think you'll like it here and will find a lot of useful information.

My suggestion re which horse to select is based on temperament, the job you need and want the horse for and your experience level over really specific height requirements. I know many people think you shouldn't be breed picky, but hey-- we like what we like so you've narrowed your search to two breeds you like and you seem to be open minded so that's always a plus.

You're 6'1 and 165-170lbs? (Sorry, US metrics here so I had to rely on handy Google). That seems very standard and I've seen plenty of men that height and weight ride an assortment of horses. My trainer (male, same height and weight range as you) works out and rides my 14.2 hand Tennessee Walking Horse with no issues whatsoever to both horse and rider. I think both Arabian and Apps fall in the 15h range as an average, so you'd be fine with something that size.
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post #3 of 6 Old 10-05-2017, 09:15 AM
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...WELCOME to the forum...

Make sure you read the "RULES" section located along the top of the page...a drop down when you click on it.
It will help you know what you can post and not, how to post and the policies of this forum and how it is managed to remain a friendly place for all.

As for size and weight in relation to horse size...
Much comes into that formula and equation.
Of course it is uncommon {at least in the US} to see a large adult ride on a small pony...
However, it is common to see larger adults on smaller horses and small riders on very large horses.
That me what is more important is that the rider is quiet in body, hand movement and legs on any horse so they work with the animal not against it.
Any horse, large or small, can carry more weight/size when that weight is balanced and quiet than a small amount of weight/ size bouncing all over their back and moving around.
Quiet riders...what we all strive to be.
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post #4 of 6 Old 10-09-2017, 12:50 PM
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I wouldn't worry so much about opinions when it comes to size. At 6.1 and 170lbs there really wouldn't be much restriction wise that I would worry about. You don't want your feet hanging below the barrel and dragging the ground but a good stout small horse can take up a lot of leg. It also depends on how you are built. Long torso - short legs, long legs - short torso or more even... Look for suitability to your skills and personality. That would be my advice.
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post #5 of 6 Old 10-09-2017, 08:44 PM
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The standard rider-to-horse ratio developed by the US Cavalry was that the horse was not to carry more than 20% of its body weight. That was the total sum of rider and tack. You may want to consider that, besides the height. But at your height, I think it pretty much rules Arabians out. Don't know any Arabians that stand 160 cm.
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post #6 of 6 Old 10-16-2017, 08:56 AM
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The Polish lines can get that tall. They're pretty stout too. A good cross would work as well if you really like Arabians.
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