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post #1 of 15 Old 06-17-2012, 06:27 PM Thread Starter
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Rocky mountain horse height ?

We have been looking at Rocky Mountain horses and I would like my wife to get back into riding and showing with one . She says she would need at least a 16 hand horse . I did not not see one that tall at the show we went to . Are there any 16 or 16 + Rocky Mounain horses ?
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post #2 of 15 Old 06-17-2012, 06:42 PM
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Most Rocky Mountain/Kentucky Mountain horses I know are around 15 hands give or take a few inches. They could come bigger, but why does she need such a big horse? The 15 hand ones easily carry large men all day long over rough terrain.

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smaller ones are better on most trials.
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at almost six feet tall and 36 inch inseam she feels that she would not look well balanced on a 15 hand horse .

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It would seem that this may not be the breed for her, then. Though I would suggest she go and try one, take photos/video, etc and evaluate it from there - she may be surprised.
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So,then are you saying that 16 hand Rocky Mountain horses do not exist ?

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My husband is 6'4 and rides a 15.2-15.3 hand horse. I know several men who ride Rocky Mountains that are around 15 hands and they are over 6 feet tall themselves. She should go try one out and see how she feels on them.

Just because a horse is tall does not mean it actually has the big barrel needed to take up the extra leg. Some shorter horses are actually better for tall people than some of the lankier tall but narrow ones. Its more in the build than the actual height.

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So,then are you saying that 16 hand Rocky Mountain horses do not exist ?

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Per the RMHA website:
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The RMHA By-Laws require that the height of Rocky Mountain Horse be no less than 58 inches (14.2 hands) and no more that 64 inches (16.0 hands).
16 hands is the maximum allowable height for breed standard, most breeders prefer not to push their luck and will gear their programs to 15.2 at most. I am not a fan of *******izing the breed standard to try and suit the preference/whim of others (ie the monster GSDs that are anything but what a GSD is meant to be)
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Definetly appreciate yor replies,

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I just searched on Dreamhorse. There were a few listed across the US that were over 16 hands, but not many. They are the exception, not the norm. She might luck out and find one if she keeps searching.

If she wants a gaited horse that is taller she may want to look into TWHs. Some of the lines are easily 16-17 hands.

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