Being vertically challenged is hard enough, but for those of us who have chosen a sport predicated on telling 1,000+ pound animals what to do? The struggle is real.
As someone who measures 5’1″ on a big-hair day, I read Kristen Kovatch’s post from earlier this week, 7 Problems Only Tall Riders Will Understand, with only the faintest twinge of sympathy. Oh, you can’t find breeches long enough to fit your supermodel-length legs? That must be so frustrating. Here, let me play you a song on the world’s smallest violin.
We short riders, on the other hand, have for-real issues to deal with. Here are a few problems we encounter on a basically constant basis:
People see you from a distance and confuse you for a kid.
Jumps look extra big.
You have the same stirrup length as a 12-year-old.
You’re the one who always gets stuck having to school naughty ponies.
Please, do not ask me to get on that thing.
People are always asking you if you ever thought about becoming a jockey.
You step out of your truck and trailer and people do a double-take.
You are constantly on the hunt for a mounting block.
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