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post #11 of 22 Old 06-02-2015, 07:14 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you all for replying my message, they were very useful. I now have an idea of what horses to ride. :)
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post #12 of 22 Old 06-02-2015, 09:01 AM
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I'm 5'7" and I ride a 16.1 Quarter Horse. The horse is the right size for me. Plus I have long legs and can't ride 16.0 below horse

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post #13 of 22 Old 06-05-2015, 12:13 PM
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It doesn't have a whole ton to do with your overall height, or the horse's. I'm surprised no body seems to have mentioned this, unless I've missed it?

Are you leggy? If the horse is lanky, or thicker, that makes a huge difference too. I'd say if depends where you live/what you want to do with said horse too.

I am 5'1 1/2" (can't forget that half lol!), and am mid 20s, been done growing for quite some time. I have my pony whom I've had 12 years, and she is 13.2h, but thicker so I look normal on her. My other mare is 17.2h - closer to 17.3h, and while she is a thick mare, she's also quite long in her body, and leggy, so I wind up looking about the same on her as I do my pony.

I also have a close friend who's probably 5'8", she rides both my pony and my larger mare. She looks normal on the large mare, and while noticeably bigger on the pony, they're fine together.

On my moose of a mare

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post #14 of 22 Old 06-05-2015, 12:33 PM
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I'm 5'8" & 160 lbs. I might look silly on our 13 hand mustang, but he carries me fine and can be a fun ride. Mia was either 15.2 or 15.3 - she wasn't much for standing on level ground and being measured with precision. It worked OK, but my 50+ year old knees wouldn't have minded her being a little shorter.

I find the idea that someone cannot ride a taller or shorter horse problematic, unless the horse is just too tall for them to get on or so short their legs drag on the ground.

For reference, this is my 5'0" DIL on our 13 hand mustang:

His cinch, BTW, is only 2 inches shorter than Mia's although he is 10-11 inches shorter. Thick back and thick legs. Low to the ground. The older I get, the better he looks...to me. I'm not sure my neighbors would agree:

This is my 5'2" daughter on Mia - not too small:

Me on Mia - not too big:

If you are jumping, showing in some type of category, etc, then it might matter. For general riding, I'd say you could go with any horse between 13 & 16 hands.

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post #15 of 22 Old 06-05-2015, 12:58 PM
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I hve a stocky 14.3 paint mare, and she carries me just fine and I don't look to bad on her, and I'm 5'9 at 150, but thing is I'm not to leggy, more then normal sense my height, but she has a good thick build, I also ride a 15hh QH, 15.3hh palamino and a 16.2 paint, paint and pally are leggy, the paint more so, but they both work good for me too. I ride trails, that's about it lol but I am showing my mare in 4H and everyone says we look good together. Now if you want to talk looking big on a horse, then that would be my 6'6 boyfriend, who had indeed ridden my mare around at a walk, he looks HUGE on her lol he is so lanky that he wouldn't be able to do much more then ride her around the field or a trail. And that's why my 16.2hh Missouri Fox Trotter paint is in training lol he is tall enough for my bf to not look like a giant.

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post #16 of 22 Old 06-05-2015, 05:23 PM
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I saw someone else mention cinch/girth size, and in response to my previous reply I'd like to expand on that also. A horse's barrel will vary - as with my mares, 13.2h and nearly 17.3h, their girth sizes are fairly similar. My 13.2h pony takes a 48", but in summer I either need to squish her into that or stick her in a 50". My 17.3h takes a 54" usually. So really not that big of a difference between the two.

Obviously you're not going to go for a typey 13h pony, but don't limit yourself on height so much ;)
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post #17 of 22 Old 06-08-2015, 03:34 PM
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It's a good idea to find a rough 'match' between horse and rider size (both height and weight). I know big men ride skinny Arabians, and that little girls can ride horses over 16hh. But it just feels 'right' if you are well-matched to your mount. So if you are a small woman, then a small horse (around 15hh) is about right. For me at 5ft 3 (160 cm) a 15.1 or 15.2 hh horse is ideal.
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post #18 of 22 Old 06-08-2015, 04:40 PM
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Hmmm...my new guy is about 15.0 and probably weighs 850 tops. I'm a 5'8" guy weighing 155-160, using a 35 lb saddle. With my 5'2" wife:

During a break on a ride:

I hope he doesn't find out I'm too big for him. I'd hate for him to go on strike...
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post #19 of 22 Old 06-09-2015, 02:17 AM
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bsms, he looks like a lovely horse, I am sure he will let you know if you get too much for him!
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post #20 of 22 Old 06-09-2015, 03:27 AM
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I'm 5'3 and not going to grow any more (I stopped growing at or before 14, as proven by an x-ray taken which shows my growth plates were closed) - I'm now nearly 21 and I've been the same size and approximately the same weight for 7 years or so.

I've owned everything from a 12.1hh pony I was technically too big for to a 16hh Thoroughbred, and I've ridden other people's horses from 13hh up to (not measured but at least) 17.2hh.

I look best on horses around the 16hh range, but if they're solid I can look like a good fit on ponies from 13hh upwards.

I am slender - 110lb sopping wet - so I'm light enough to ride pretty much any pony above 11hh, but my legs are so long that my feet are somewhere around the pony's knees, and I can't ride effectively in any saddle smaller than 16.5 inch (English), so on the smaller ponies, I have to ride bareback.

I'm a better fit in a 17.5 inch saddle though.

Have some photos - again I'm 5'3 and 110lb, and some of these photos are a few years old.

Bay horse is 15.1hh
Chestnut is 16hh
Seal brown is 16hh
Grey is GIANT - at least 17.2hh
Buckskin is 14.3hh

EDIT; to put into perspective how enormous that grey is, the saddle she was ridden in was an 18 inch dressage.
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