Finding the perfect horse for you takes a lot of time and patience. It is important to look for a horse that can not only accommodate your height but also carry you without feeling strained. In the horse industry, horses are measured from the ground up to their withers, which is at the highest point of their backs. One horse hand is about 4 inches long (or 10 centimeters) and is roughly the width of a man’s fist.
If you are a heavier rider or want a horse to take on larger riders, then you should consider breeds that have more girth and muscle. Draft horses are a great option for this since they have large frames that can easily support more weight and they typically have strong legs that are well suited to carrying a heavy rider on longer trail rides. The Clydesdale is a classic example of a draft breed. These are the huge horses that you see pulling carriages down city streets and sleighs in winter. They are great choices for people who want to do some recreational riding and have an active lifestyle.
Another good choice is a sturdier breed such as the Cleveland Bay. These horses are a good height for both average and taller riders and they can be used in a variety of disciplines such as dressage and show jumping. They are a good choice for beginners as well because they are generally calm and not easily spooked.
A natural athlete, the Selle Francais is a great show jumping horse. Their long sloping shoulders, powerful hindquarters, and strong legs make them naturally suited to jumping over fences. In fact, the entire French show jumping team consists of Selle Francais horses. These horses can also be used for dressage and 3-day eventing.
The Westphalian is another German warmblood sport horse that is built for showing jumping. They are also excellent 3-day eventing and dressage horses due to their endurance and speed. They are also easy to train and have a good temperament.
The Akhal-Teke is a rare breed that comes from Turkmenistan. They are golden in color and have a distinctive appearance. These horses are considered heavy lifters as they can hold up to more than 2,600 pounds on their backs. This is an ideal choice for heavier riders who still want a light-hearted and fun-loving horse to ride. However, it is best to start out with a lighter horse and work your way up to this heavier breed. This will ensure that you do not strain the horse and cause injury. This is especially true if you plan to compete in an event like dressage or show jumping. It is important to train the horse correctly and slowly to avoid injuries to both the rider and the horse. This is particularly important if you are a beginner. This will help you build up confidence as you progress in the discipline. This will lead to a safer, more enjoyable experience for you and your horse.