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Re: [RC] [RC] Horse size? - nancy lee

So I forgot to add that I am 5' 3"ish (shrinking already) and 115ish lbs.

From: "Laney Humphrey" <laneyhh@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: "Kathleen" <mustangkt@xxxxxxxxxxx>,<ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [RC]   Horse size?
Date: Mon, 17 Jul 2006 11:19:40 -0700

I'm taller than you but I definitely prefer smaller horses to larger! My horse is 14'2" - perfect although even an inch shorter wouldn't be bad. It is a matter of personal choice but I personally can see no fun in having to duck under branches that I can just ride under. Also as a matter of personal choice, I do not like the big, swingy, suspended trot that Arabians are reknowned for because, for me, it takes more work to stay in sync with it. I like a nice, flat, unsuspended and shorter-strided trot. There is no "correct" relationship between rider and horse size; it is a matter of preference. However, also think about the shape of your horse's barrel. A very round horse is harder to get short legs around. How I feel on a horse matters a lot to me. I don't like the feeling of being perched on top of a barrel. I'd rather feel like my legs go down and around. So, if I had to choose between a tall but thin horses and a short, round one, I might well choose the taller horse, all other things being equal.
From: Kathleen
To: ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Monday, July 17, 2006 8:40 AM
Subject: [RC] Horse size?


I was just wondering what everyone thought about this subject. I'm under 5' tall, and about 100#. Would an endurance horse that is about 14.3 be too big? I guess what I'm asking is if there is a 'point of diminishing return' on horse size lol. I hope this makes sense because I'm not sure how else to put it.


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