Hi everyone,I would like to get a horse eventually but I’m not sure what size my horse should be. I weigh 120 pounds on the dot,and I’m tall with long legs. Sooo... How big should my horse be?
This horse, Le Vizir, was ridden by Napoleon. Now, despite rumours, Napoleon actually was of above average male height for his time (average: 5'5", Napoleon: just shy of 5'7").A 6'5" sheriff from Prescott used to ride this horse (late 1800s):
This horse, Le Vizir, was ridden by Napoleon. Now, despite rumours, Napoleon actually was of above average male height for his time (average: 5'5", Napoleon: just shy of 5'7").
Look at this little squirt of an Arab! Aw!
If you've ever seen contemporary portrayals of knights of the 10th to 15th centuries, you probably noticed that their legs extended way below the horse's barrel. It isn't a peculiarity of the artist either, because it's consistent regardless of the artist. They're all depicted that way, leading me to conclude that horses of the day were pretty darned small by our standards but nevertheless managed to carry men in full armor.Sometimes,. a person with really long legs on a too small horse will have their legs end up being well below the horse's rib cage, so it gets hard to affect the horse very well with a leg cue. That's when long spurs can come in handy.
But, I'm talking about tall men, riding 14.2 horses, like reiners. You can see their legs looking like they are seeking purchase on the ground!