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Horse size V's Rider Size

Discussion in 'New Riders' started by Purple Hugs, Nov 1, 2005.

  1. stormandsummer

    stormandsummer New Member

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    Oh I hope you don't get shouted at either, thousands of aplogies... but in my defence and yours, there does seem to be a dicussion about a sections for the largers riders and i thought this would help !!

    Not looking to poach anyone, as new rider is a great forum but there is a whole forum dedicated to larger riders :D

    Just wanted to prevent a war breaking out here :rolleyes:
     
  2. Wally

    Wally Well-Known Member

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    Fatties against skinnies:D :D :D, Well I wouldn't be in the Light Cavalry let's put it that way! :D :D!
     
  3. DavidH

    DavidH BSJA-Big Scarey Jump Asso

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    I resent being called a skinny. Thats just plain skinnyist ;)
     
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    On subject of horse size v rider size, I was looking at a Fell mare recently, with view to buy. She was 13.2 - I'm about 5' 6" and about 9stone 12. Anyway, my riding instructress/guru immediately said "Oh, that would be far too small for you - your legs would hang down, the wrong part would be in contact with the horse - you'd be unbalanced" (That was without seeing the horse.) You need upward of 14.2. Now I don't know. Didn't ride her for long, but felt kind of like an Icelandic. How do all those people who ride Icelandics manage then? Especially novices like me! Also what would you advise an older person to go for? This pony had fast active paces,(cf Icelandic) but she is nearer to the ground than a 15.+ slower paced horse. All psychological!!
     
  7. MeMe

    MeMe Inspirer!

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    Oh yes PH we are competing most weekends, I dont personally jump as I lost my nerve with that, but Im out dressage lots :) Infact we should have been out on Fri coming, but due to Zak having had a week off as he wasent right, Im leaving this week, and I shall compete him next week :)

    There are much heavier people that us competing, trust me, as long as you are suitably mounted, there is nothing stopping you, stuff what everyone else thinks.

    For example a lady on my yard is abit lighter than me, but she has a 13.1hh little cobby pony, he is fine with her, people take the micky out of her because she is abit tall and he is a pony etc, but they do 3 day events, and Mr Darcy dosent struggle at all, he would carry me in the school fine, he would jump with me fine, if I wanted to, so height really cant dictate weight carrying abilities either.

    No I wear nice comfy jods, and normal tops, nice loose t shirts, sweatshirts etc for everyday riding, I dont think I have any pics, as most pics are taken competing, as Im normally there to ride on my own, except the one of me on Safi earlier on in this post, thats a rugby shirt, kind of thing I normally wear, hacking jackets/show jackets are saved for shows, they are no where near as comfy to ride in.
     
  8. MeMe

    MeMe Inspirer!

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    Oh just read the rest of the thread, on the mounting issue, even before I was heavier, I dident mount from the ground, I havent done so since I was about 15!

    Its not good for the horses back, nor the saddle anyway, so we avoid mounting from the ground where possible.
     
  9. Purple Hugs

    Purple Hugs New Member

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    Thanks MeMe there's some great tips for the future!

    I am wearing a fleece zip up at the moment when riding, but am getting too warm as I'm trotting more and more. ;) Will need to find the 'right' sort of top, as have found some ride back whilst I'm riding and I don't like the sleeves too long.. :p I'll get there no doubt.

    Did my first canter today, so the work load is definately upping itself from the walk trot, walk trot! hehe.

    Maybe one day I'll compete, if I ever have a horse! Assuming I get to that level myself too. It's nice to know size won't go against me. :D

    Great news about the mounting from the ground too!! ;) **Phew**
     
  10. MeMe

    MeMe Inspirer!

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    Yep play trial and error on what suits you to wear.

    Although I always get hot, it means your working;)
     
  11. Purple Hugs

    Purple Hugs New Member

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    lol true! today I was freezing when I arrived as left my coat at home, but soon warmed up! ;)

    The thing I like to avoid is the 'spare tyre' affect of being in jod's on horseback... :eek: so baggy t-shirts in the summer it is! :p
     
  12. its_anna14

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    Hi, I'm 5 ft 4 and 8 stone and I ride a 14.2 welsh cob x (who is a little sturdier then she should be!) and also I'm bringing on a 16 hand friesian. Over the past few years I have ridden horses from around 13.2 to 16.2. I guess it all depends on what height you feel most comfortable at and which horse (when or if you want to think about buying) is right for you
    Hope I helped!
     
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