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post #1 of 21 Old 10-14-2019, 01:21 AM Thread Starter
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Size v Horse

Hi all,

New member, so please bear with me!

I am currently looking at a new horse. I am used to riding a 16.2 TB, and am now looking at a 14.2 Arabian.

I am 5.1ft and weigh 52kg, so I sort of thought my size wouldn't be an issue, but now I look at this picture, I feel like I look too big for her. She is 6yrs and this is her 2nd ride.

Can I get honest opinions please!?

I hope to have her coat looking A1 if I get her, she's currently loosing her winter coat so looking a bit scruffy.

Thanks heaps
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post #2 of 21 Old 10-14-2019, 01:57 AM
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You look fine on her. You are a low rider at 5'1", but Arabs can carry off taller riders with elegance. That is a really nice looking horse, want to trade for a 16 hand SB Paint?

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post #3 of 21 Old 10-14-2019, 02:14 AM
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You two look great together. I don't think it's an issue - matters more what you think.

A little flax can help that coat, if that's a concern. Might want to have her mineral balance (iron) looked at too. =)

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post #4 of 21 Old 10-14-2019, 03:20 AM
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Nah you're fine on her don't worry! I'm a bit taller than you (165cm in boots, and long-legged) and I can ride a chunky 13hh without looking silly. I choose to ride a big thoroughbred because I'm more comfortable on big horses (nervous rider) but I'm not too big. And you're definitely not too heavy, at 52kg, even if you subscribe to the 20% guideline (I don't, it's individual to the horse) you can ride a 260kg pony. My 12.1 Welsh was 340, so you can ride basically all but the smallest ponies without being too heavy for them.

Side note: while winter coats do look gross this time of year (I assume you're in Australia??) hers looks gross enough that if I were buying her I would deworm and have her drenched for sand ASAP. She doesn't otherwise look wormy but that coat is concerning to me.
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post #5 of 21 Old 10-14-2019, 03:28 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you everyone! Yes I’m in Australia 😊 and I was a bit concerned about how dull her coat is 😞
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post #6 of 21 Old 10-14-2019, 08:35 AM
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You look like a happy pair!

Ground flax can do wonders for her coat.
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post #7 of 21 Old 10-14-2019, 08:50 AM
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You're far from too big for her, especially for an Arab. They're some sturdy little beasts. I wouldn't worry about her winter coat too much, nothing a curry and some elbow grease won't fix. I would check her for a fecal egg count (worms), and I'd be more concerned with her wry tail, if she consistently carries it to the right like that. I'd also be looking at her left hip area, I also see she's standing without weight on that left hind. So, PPE for sure. She's a cutie.
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post #8 of 21 Old 10-14-2019, 11:16 AM
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You two look great she looks very sweet. I got an irish draught and when I get on anything smaller I feel less secure now lol! You will get used to it but definitely look like a good match. Nice point about the tail... never even noticed. The things you can learn from others....
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post #9 of 21 Old 10-14-2019, 11:40 AM
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Y'all look just fine! I am 5'6" and my Arab mare is 14.2.
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post #10 of 21 Old 10-14-2019, 11:48 AM
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You look good on her. I'm 5'9" and rode a 14.2hh Highland for ages. I'd my doubts as I'd been riding larger, but his barrel and general 'sturdiness' took up the length of my leg and size.
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