When we arrived, we walked up to her (and remember my wife's horse size up above), and she was a freaking GIANT... She's 17.1 and 2000lbs, we were blown away... How the f*ck were we going to deal with a horse this size, what if this what if that.....
I'm sorry... The reason I started this paragraph was never provided. I must have gotten side tracked while writing....
When we first saw her, we were used to a normal horse size. She was ginormous, like a freaking MONSTER. Not only because of her height but we weren't used to a horse who weighed that much either.
Fast forward to now and we really don't see her size all that much at all. I mean sure, sometimes as she steps out of her stall and onto the concrete floor, I'm like "**** you're a big girl". But for the most part, her personality is soooooo sweet that she really looks about the size of a puppy dog to me.
That being said, she is NOT a puppy dog, so I do still keep my edge up and maintain my dominance in our relationship. She tested me once and I screwed up once early on. She stepped on my toe the first night (on purpose), thank GOD I had steel toe boots on, I just gave her some pressure and she stepped off. But the second time (which was an accident for her and my mistake), she was rotating around to exit the wash stall and stepped on, shifted weight to and rotated her mass on my toe.... Oh my freaking god I FLIPPED OUT, OUCHHHHH (no steel toes, only sneakers). I was surprised to see my toe attached after.
They're intimidating at first, but if you find the right one and your personalities mesh, they'll be an over sized lap dog before long. Just don't let them step on your FEET!
The only one small concern I have sometimes is for the safety of the other horses at the barn. She's not as laid back with them as I expected. She pretty much dominates over the 20 or so other horses (most of the time). I expected her to fall in towards the lower middle of the pecking order. Turns out she is (I'd say) in the top 3 in pecking order. So I get a little concerned that she might hurt a normal sized horse during a "discussion" with them.