We usually try to match them within a few inches (usually no more than 1 hand) but what is more important than the height is the stride and how well they work together. In the last pic with the draft horses, we were worried that they wouldn't match up because the black usually has such a long stride and the mare has a shorter stride. However, after hitching them up, the black takes shorter strides in harness than he does loose and they match up very well. Quite often, they will be on the same stride. A team that matches perfectly with size isn't worth much if their strides are totally different.
i'm always impressed my your ponies and horses chey aut!! Just have to ask tho'--- do they have to wear nappies ( diapers) when they do hospital or hospice visits? ( I havent heard of equine hospital visits in the uk!)
Thank you :) I haven't taken mine to hospitals ect (lack of time) but my friends have. Most haven't used diapers, guess they've gotten lucky or trained them to go before hand? LOL
Thank you for your replies. My 2 match stride, but my little one is a rescue, and he just hasnt grown a all. I think when we first had him we thought he would go another hand, but he just hasnt done it ; however, he is a lovely little boy, just never going to be part of a pair! I have toyed with the idea of trying them tandam at some date in the future, but he has a lot of driving single to get through first! I will look in that section you mentioned chey aut- great picture of the dog pulling you in what looks like town traffic! ( i'm just remembering taking my g.s.d. Out on a lead whilest riding my son's bike; all went well til she saw a cat and took of after it, landing me in a tree, in a very painful position!)