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  1. #61
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    I got a trail horse a bit small cause I wanted to mount easy. Im 5 8, he was 15.2, and that was pretty good, when I got another hes a bit bigger, 16.1ish & big. I can get my foot up there if I dont have extra layers on but its not easy to climb on. Of course Im also fluffy so that may slow things down.
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  2. #62
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    I'm 5'10", my Jet is just shy of 15 hh. I love her size; she takes up a lot of leg, is easy to mount, and she's the best horse ever born. Her offspring, Jess, is about 15.3 or so, and she feels great, but she's not (yet) the riding horse her momma is. I leased a fellow COTHr's much larger gelding, but he is so narrow, I felt like much more of a load for him than with my girls.



  3. #63
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    I'm not quite 5'5" and am a bit shorter legged. My mare is 15.2ish and we fit very nicely.



  4. #64
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    I'm a bit under 5'3'', but with really long legs. My horse is 16.3, and with a pretty wide barrel for a TB. I really like my height actually, because I can still ride ponies comfortably, and then switch to a horse.



  5. #65
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    I'm 5'7 and my horse is a 18h TB/Perch with a WIDE barrel. I look like a midget on him. I have to stand on an milk crate to comb his forelock/trim his bridle bath.

    http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/...ps8a7ba26c.jpg
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  6. #66
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    I'm just under 5 foot with a 26" inseam (meaning, short, with short legs), and have always felt most comfortable on large ponies, or anything 15hh or smaller.



  7. #67
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    Quote Originally Posted by Naina78 View Post
    I'm just under 5 foot with a 26" inseam (meaning, short, with short legs), and have always felt most comfortable on large ponies, or anything 15hh or smaller.
    Also just under 5 feet with short legs. I look perfect on the just-under 15hh guys, both horses that I ride now are in that range. Here is how ridiculous I look on a slab-sided 16hh horse (loved him, but he made me look so short)! Here I am on a wide 14hh-ish pony. Both horses I'm riding now are a bit narrower but in the 14.3 range, and are perfect height for me. I enjoy being able to ride the short horses, luckily.



  8. #68
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    Quote Originally Posted by Natalie A View Post
    Also just under 5 feet with short legs. I look perfect on the just-under 15hh guys, both horses that I ride now are in that range. Here is how ridiculous I look on a slab-sided 16hh horse (loved him, but he made me look so short)! Here I am on a wide 14hh-ish pony. Both horses I'm riding now are a bit narrower but in the 14.3 range, and are perfect height for me. I enjoy being able to ride the short horses, luckily.
    What an interesting mane in that short one.



  9. #69
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluey View Post
    What an interesting mane in that short one.
    Yep. Someone found a site with "creative" Fjord manes, and this was the result. Now it's back to a normal Fjord cut, I think the novelty wore off.



  10. #70
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    5'1 and a 26 inch inseam on a 16h 1,300 lb appendix. When I got her I was 4'10 and it was even more absurd. For her extra wide barrel and my stumpy legs we work out alright but when she wants to be mulish, things get interesting.
    http://i1222.photobucket.com/albums/...e/IMG_2597.jpg



  11. #71
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    I'm 6'1" with a 36" inseam, and my first guy was a 15.3hh narrow TB (on a generous day, standing uphill, with front shoes and pads, after I'd had a beer or two). My current guy is a 16.3hh TB, and I honestly find him a little too big. However, I school the barn's 13hh ponies regularly (though perhaps not attractively), so perhaps my taste runs a little on the small side!



  12. #72
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    5'7" with a 32 inch inseam. I felt big on my 15.1 h. paint mare, and my 16 hand shallow bodied TB mare felt a little smallish. I now have a 17.1h TB mare that takes up my leg just fine, but I think I'd be happiest on something about 16.2 or 3 or so.



  13. #73
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    I am 5'8 with long legs & monkey long arms. I think more about barrel size than height, but I do like a bit of height.

    My mare is almost 16 hands, which I think is a great height. Tall enough, but not a giraffe, so I don't have to worry about things like fitting her in most trailer. She looks taller b/c of her head/neck placement. She has a strong back & is well sprung.

    I used to ride a lot of Morgans who were smaller with no issue b/c they had a good sized barrel. I rode my friend's 17.3 slab sided ASB & looked ridiculous b/c my legs hung below him like I was on a Shetland.



  14. #74
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    Natalie, are you my long-lost twin?

    Though I have to say, two of my favorite mounts have been 13.2-13.3:

    Icelandic Horse http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3223/2...607df7dcba.jpg

    Welsh pony (section B, I think?*) http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f2...ingty020-1.jpg

    *I think I know his registered name, if anyone knows Welsh pedigrees.



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    I'm 5'8" with long limbs and extra-long femurs. (For those of you familiar with Antares stamps, I own a 17.5" 4AA saddle, if that gives you a better idea.) I own a 16.2hh TB mare with well-sprung ribs and a good amount of bone who is very fit and I look ok on her. I look good on my barn's 17.3hh massive WB geldings. I look ridiculous when I hack out the 15.2hh little QH eq horse or the 15.2hh spindly TB mare.

    OP, I think you look just fine on your *cute!* horse.


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  16. #76
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    4'11" with a 26.5" inseam here. My guy is just barely 15.1 and I think I look okay with him. Though when I get my next horse, however far away that might be, I would want something at least 15.3. At 25 years old, I've been riding ponies all my life and just want a *big guy* of my own. Preferably with spots or dapples

    My guy - http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphoto...56618468_n.jpg

    Me on my little one, half sister to my guy, she's about 13.1 -http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/308846_540818883370_346112229_n.jpg

    Incredibly long time ago on a 17 TB - http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphoto...71924511_n.jpg



  17. #77
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    5'4" and 28" inseam. All my height is in my torso.

    I ride a heavy 15.3hh QH and a 17hh IDSH.



  18. #78
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    I'm 5'8", all legs (and boobs!). My mares are 15.2 (a "fluffier" OTTB) and 16.2 WB.



  19. #79
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    I'm 5'8".

    The mare I won the world on this past year is 14.3 on a good day. I don't think I look TOO out of place on her. http://youtu.be/7FIBKTx6gKU

    My main gelding I've been showing is 16.3 and wide as a house. https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphot...81648288_n.jpg

    The gelding I just bought just turned three and is right around 16 HH. https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphot...20915481_n.jpg

    Luckily, I'm able to fit on a lot of horses okay, despite that I'm above average in height. It helps that the horses I prefer to ride aren't known for being narrow.

    I even owned a 14hh POA for a little while. I don't have many photos, as she was a quick resell project, but even that wasn't THAT bad - she was big bodied and able to carry me just fine. https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphot..._7603379_n.jpg

    I think as long as you're a balanced and correct rider, who isn't over a safe weight limit for the horse, you should be fine.
    Last edited by Arelle; Mar. 9, 2013 at 10:35 PM. Reason: Edited to add photos.
    Veni vidi vici. With a paint pony, nonetheless.



  20. #80
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    Me 5' 10"
    horse one 14.3
    horse two 16.1

    Both however are stout with well sprung rib cages. Lots of barrel for me to put my leg on. I think build is more important than height. I occasionaly ride another horse at the farm that is 17.3 but he is slab sided and I really don't care for the ride on that horse (even though he is a lovely boy).



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