This is the only thing Corporal said that I truly and whole-heartedly disagree with. Don't make height a huge issue. There are MANY upper level event horses in the 15.2 hh - 15.3 hh range that have zero issues with the jumps. Overall you want an athletic horse that' clever with their feet and conformationally sound.
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^ Yup tottaly agree! Also if you are a tall rider like me (i'm 5ft8 and will probally reach 5ft10 at most), but are slim (i'm 57kg) and a light seated rider with good balance, by no means turn down a horse that ticks all the boxes apart from the fact they may be 'short' (e.g 15.2hh-15.3hh). I am deffiently not to heavy for my horse (a good way to calculate this is to take 20% of the horses body weight - this is approx how much they can carry), and although I am long in the leg, and in some angles look like a stalk on a pony, my horse never tires, never shows signs of my height being to big for him, and in fact he has a HUGE scopey jump, and slighty nutty on XC so I can wrap around him!
^ I have a little 15.3hh TB :) Height doesn't really matter, even if you LOOK big, as long as you arent heavy that is the main thing :)
Well I got my boy last year when I outgrew my little pony. The biggest thing I was looking for was a 15.3hh who had done a bit of everything. I found Harry on the NZ trading site "trademe", and he was PERFECT! Show Jumped to 1.30m, Free Jumps willingly to 1.70m, schooled in dressage, established flying changes, piaffee etc. And he was EXTREMELLY bold on XC - so bold in fact that his old owners didnt have the nerve to compete him!
That little horse jumps ANYTHING you put him at, and his style is faultless. He was originally an ex-steeplechaser but all he wanted to do was jump so his breeder sold him :)
He is absolutly perfect for me, and although I look like a William Fox-Pitt or Mark Todd on Harry on some angles, he would be to big and intimidating if he was any taller - he is perfect :)