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Re: [RC] [RC] Horse size? - Laney Humphrey

Hi Sandra,
    I'm sure you've read the recent posts about horse size.  Each riding discipline has its preferences for just about everything, including horse size.  People coming from other disciplines bring their concerns with them.  Endurance folk tend to be much more concerned about the horse's way of going, general conformation, personality and general athletic ability than on size per se.  Susan Garlinghouse did a study a few years ago on horses' weight carrying ability.  She found that horses can carry a lot more weight than we think they can.  If you like your new mare, go for it.  Being a lover of small horses, she sounds just the right height to me!
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Sent: Monday, July 17, 2006 9:00 PM
Subject: RE: [RC] [RC] Horse size?

Ok, I'm a newbie here, I've never even rode 10 miles in one day lol let alone 50.  I have been riding jumpers and dressage for the past 10 years and want to know what size horse should I have?  I just bought a 14.3 arab mare and I'm afraid she's too small.  I'm 5'4 and 170lbs.  Naturally all of my english friends think she's WAY too small for me and that I'm too heavy for her (which by the way I have started working out and am working on shrinking, 6lbs gone, 36 more to go lol).  I ride in a synthetic thorowgood endurance saddle that weighs less than 13lbs.  She is a petite little thing, but I love the way she rides, and her quirky, spooky, grumpy personality. 


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RE: [RC] [RC] Horse size?, sandra bommert