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post #1 of 20 Old 05-21-2015, 03:19 PM Thread Starter
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what size of horse should i get?

So im having difficulty figuring out what the correct size of horse would be for me. I am 6foot3 and 200 pounds, im more length then weight, the last horse i rode was just over 16hh and i made him look tiny. any suggestions would help me alot.

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Don't look for height so much as width.

I'm only 5'3 but I have ridiculously long legs and I make slender 16hh horses look like ponies, but put me on a chunky pony and it looks like a giant! Find a horse that takes up your leg. There are 17hh horses that don't, and 14hh ponies that do.

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Thank you:) that puts it into a better perspective for me. Im looking at doing alot of trail riding could you suggest a few breeds that might suite me? I also need to have a breed that has very hard feet i live in a wetter climate
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There are a lot of breeds that would be suitable, but what pops to my mind is a mustang. A lot are smaller, but you can find taller ones from some herds. A friend of mine has one that's about 16hh or slightly taller and has gorgeous, huge feet. He looks like a warmblood with big feet His herd (I forget which one he came from) has a fair amount of draft influence.
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A quarter horse would be good size-wise, as you can find a tall and chunky one that is going to make you feel comfortable.

Depending on how they are bred, quarter horses can be hit and miss on the feet. Typically, halter-bred horses tend to not have the greatest feet. I'm lucky to have 2 beefy QH's that both have great feet.

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what are your opinions on getting a yearling as a first horse? I know i cant ride until fully developed but i really want to experience raising a horse from a baby.
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A yearling as a first horse is generally not a good idea, unless you've had years of experience working with horses prior to getting your first. By working I mean training and correcting bad behavior.
This also depends on your riding ability and whether or not you can recognize when you're in over your head and need help.


For breeds I'd suggest draft crosses, pony crosses, Quarter horses, Paint horses, Appaloosas, Morgans (old Lippitt types, not modern show lines.) Mustangs, and some Standardbreds.
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Stocky QHs and draft crosses would be my recommendation. My old BO was 6'3" and about 200lbs. His favorite horse was a 15.1hh QH who was race-bred.

My draft cross is 17hh and 1600lbs. He makes me look small and I'm a plus-size rider (5'7" and 225lbs with long legs). He's Percheron/paint (Percheron dam and paint sire).

I agree that a yearling for a first horse is a bad idea. My gelding was a 2yo when I bought him and he was difficult enough...and I have experience with training/retraining (not a ton, but some).
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what are your opinions on getting a yearling as a first horse? I know i cant ride until fully developed but i really want to experience raising a horse from a baby.
I'm sorry, but from your questions, and from the fact that this is your first horse, I am gathering that you're not a horse trainer and may not even have that much experience with horses. If that is accurate, then do not get a yearling or even a green broke horse. Beginner riders/horse owners + beginner horses = disaster. A horse needs years of training to be ridden with any measure of safety. Otherwise, you will need to hire a trainer, which will cost you a lot of money, and riding your horse may not be all that pleasant. A first horse should be a positive experience. Horses are not like puppies (trust me, I've had both). While foals are adorable, they quickly grow up and become dangerous without the proper training. Get a well-broke horse at first, until you can improve your riding, and in a few years time, then maybe you'll be ready for a yearling. Wanting to "experience raising a horse from a baby" is not for amateurs. I had my first horse at age 5, have had a couple of others and am now involved in horses with my daughter, but still consider myself a rank amateur and I would NEVER try to train a horse myself. On the other hand, I've trained dozens of dogs with ease.
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A young horse as a first horse is not a good idea. Horses are not "raised" like children or dogs or cats. They're not pets they're livestock. The family that "raises" them will be their herd of horses, not their owner. Their owner trains them, and perhaps a better way to look at horse ownership is almost like a work colleague.

Imagine you were new to a workplace, you'd want someone who has done it all before to show you what your job is. In the same way a new horse owner wants a horse that has already done everything before so that they can improve as a rider. They want to be able to make mistakes, and the horse still is safe and behaved.

Now imagine you turn up at a job, perhaps an office job, and you and another guy there and you're both new and neither of you know what to do. Without direction and support neither of you would know how to do your job. This is what a green broke but relatively untrained horse would be like. Neither of you would know what to do, both of you would make mistakes, and neither of you would be able to fix it.

And now imagine you turn up to work and you have no idea what the job is or what to do, and then your new coworker turns up and they can't even read, write or use a computer, hey they might not even speak much english, yet somehow you're meant to complete the job together. This is what having a yearling would be like. You'd want to say to the person, go back to school you have to learn these bare basics before we can even begin to work together, you can't even understand the job. This is what a yearling needs - a trainer or owner who is experienced enough to teach the young horse the job, the language, the aids etc.

The best first horse is one that already knows everything you need to do, and has done it all many times before. This doesn't have to be forever, after a year or two you might find yourself ready to move onto a more challenging horse, eventually maybe even a yearling but before you can teach a horse you have to learn.

As for size, look less for height and more for build. A sturdy 15hh Quarter Horse will be able to carry weight easier than a fine and flimsy 17hh Thoroughbred. Look at any of the stock breeds, Quarter Horse, Paint, Appalossa, or even crosses out to other breeds and look for a strong, solid horse with thick legs and a wide build. This width will take up your leg. Saying that, I'd be look probably 15.2 - 16hh in a solid frame. Taller could be okay, but still look for the right build, as taller horses are often not bred to carry weight.
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