The Great Horse Size Conundrum

So, you've decided to embark on the thrilling adventure of horse riding! Or maybe you've been on this journey and you’re thinking about adding a new equine partner to your life. But the question nags, "What size horse do I need?" Just like picking out the right sized shoes (don’t we all know the agony of the wrong size heels?), choosing the right size horse is vital! But worry not, we're here to guide you, with a sprinkle of humour and heaps of expert advice1.


Height & Weight: The Starting Line

Now, imagine strapping on those gorgeous RHINEGOLD COMFEY CLASSIC JODHPUR BOOTS (a must-have for every rider, trust us) and then hopping onto a horse that's just not... quite... right. Perhaps it’s like wearing clown shoes to a ballet – entertaining for spectators but less so for you!

So, let's delve into the nitty-gritty. While there isn’t a rigid rule, most horses should carry no more than 20-25% of their own body weight, including the rider and saddle10. For example, a 600 lb pony should ideally be saddled with no more than a 120-150 lb total load. And for all of us who skipped math class, fret not! We’ve got a handy breakdown:

  • 600 lb pony: 120-150 lb total
  • 800 lb horse: 160-200 lb total
  • 1000 lb horse: 200-250 lb total
  • 1200 lb horse: 240-300 lb total4

Now, remember to factor in individual proportions. Just like how some of us look fabulous in skinny jeans and some, well... don't, everyone has different body shapes. Trying out horses of various sizes (much like trying on jeans at the store) helps in pinpointing what feels best7.

Skilled Enough for a Gentle Giant? Or Best with a Petite Pony?

Size isn't the only thing to consider. Skill level plays a colossal role, too. If you’re just starting, a more massive horse might seem like trying to parallel park a bus on your first driving lesson – daunting and a test of nerves6. On the flip side, if you're an expert rider, a petite pony might feel like driving a toy car in a Grand Prix!

Here's a tip: Always consult with an experienced instructor. They're like personal shoppers for horse lovers. They can guide you to the perfect horse, tailored to your unique skills and ambitions14.

As we close this section, always remember: riding is about comfort, confidence, and connection. So, saddle up and stay tuned for the next installment on the art and science of choosing your four-legged partner!

From Shoes to Saddles: Essential Gear for Horse Lovers

Hopping onto the saddle isn't just about having the right-sized horse; it's also about equipping yourself with the right gear. It's like joining a dance - both partners must be prepared. And let's be honest, who doesn't love a bit of shopping?


Long Boots: The Epitome of Elegance and Comfort

Let's start with the feet. After all, good footwork isn't just essential in dancing! If you've never tried the RHINEGOLD NEBRASKA SYNTHETIC LONG BOOT, you're missing out on an experience. These boots are crafted not just for looks, but they’re also designed for maximum comfort and durability8. Their synthetic material ensures they last, and the full-length back zip? Well, that's a game-changer!

The Right Breeches: Grip, Style, Repeat!


Moving upwards, we arrive at breeches. You might have thought jeans were the height of snugness until you've tried the GALLOP EQUESTRIAN FULL SILICONE SEAT BREECHES. The silicone seat is not just a fancy addition; it provides extra grip, making sure you remain poised even when your horse gets a tad too enthusiastic. Plus, they come in various colors, so you can match them with almost any outfit or mood5.

Of Jodhpurs and Jeans


If you've ever wished you could go riding in your jeans, the HYPERFORMANCE DIESEL LADIES JODHPURS might be the answer to your dreams. With the comfort of jeans and the practicality of traditional jodhpurs, they are the best of both worlds. Riding while feeling you're in your favorite pair of jeans? Yes, please!

The Finishing Touches: Gear, Grace, and Gallops

Just when you thought we've covered everything, we pull out the proverbial rabbit from the hat. Or, in this case, the gloves from the bag! Riding is not just about looking suave on the saddle. It's also about ensuring you have the grip, protection, and finesse that only the right accessories can provide.

Handy Gear for Handy Work


Hands up if you've ever underestimated the importance of good gloves? With the SHIRES AUBRION PU HORSE RIDING GLOVES, you're guaranteed unwavering grip and superior flexibility. Whether you're controlling the reins or simply giving your horse a pat, these gloves ensure you're always in control6.

Collections Galore

By now, you're probably wondering where to get all this fantastic gear. Look no further than the Jodhpur Collection, or perhaps the Horse Riding Boot Collection. And let's not forget the myriad of other collections available - from gloves to socks, and even horse treats and gifts9.

Conclusion: Dance with Nature

Equestrianism is much more than a sport. It's a dance, an art, and a bond between human and horse. The right gear not only ensures safety and comfort but also enhances the relationship between rider and steed. So, strap on those boots, don your jodhpurs, and let your horse lead the way into the horizon. Remember, in this dance of nature, both partners must shine.

Asked By You: Demystifying the Horse-Rider Dynamic

Ah, the ever-present dance of horse and rider sizing. If horses could laugh, they'd be having a good chuckle over our confusion. Let's trot through some of your burning questions.

What size horse do I need for my height?

Picture this: A 6-foot tall rider atop a Shetland pony. Comical, right? Rule of thumb: your feet shouldn't be dragging on the ground! Generally, the taller the rider, the larger the horse. But it's not just about height. It's also about leg length, balance, and how you both fit together. Seek expert advice10, and always try before you ride.

Is 12 stone too heavy to ride a horse?

Equestrian sizing matters

There's a myth that horses are superheroes that can carry any weight. While they are incredible creatures, even Superman had his Kryptonite. The general guideline suggests a horse should carry between 15-20% of its weight11. So, for a 12 stone (or roughly 76kg) person, a horse weighing around 500kg would be suitable. Remember, it's all about balance and comfort for both of you.

What size person can ride a 13 hand horse?

13 hands is like the 'teen size' in the horse world – not too big, not too small. A 13 hand horse (that's around 52 inches tall at the shoulder) is typically suited for smaller adults or teenagers. But as always, it's about the overall weight and balance. If you're well within the weight limit and feel comfortable, you're good to go12.

Can a 100kg man ride a horse?

A 100kg man stepping onto the scale might be thinking, "Is this too much for a horse?" Fear not, Sir Knight! As long as you pick a horse that can comfortably carry your weight (aim for a horse that weighs 500-600kg), you're set for a gallant ride13. Ensure that you both are comfortable, and remember, it's not just about weight but also about skill, balance, and mutual respect.