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post #11 of 39 Old 10-30-2008, 11:16 PM
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I thought i wanted a tall horse 16.2+ build didn't matter, I just wanted the height.
I found some tall horses, both really stocky and quite narrow, but I either felt uncomfortable or was afraid of falling off (long way down)
My horses are between 15-15.3 and I'm very comfortable with them all. I like a medium stocky-stocky qh build. I would chose a 15hh horse over a 16hh horse any day.
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post #12 of 39 Old 10-30-2008, 11:29 PM
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I have always loved riding really tall narrow horses but lately I have been prefering small horses.
I am very short and seem to have changed my preference for height as I got older and more scared of long falls!!!!haha.
My Shire is 17 hands and my trail quarter horse is early 16h. but the horse I ride the most is 14.2 and we have a 13.3 hand pony I will begin to ride next Spring.

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post #13 of 39 Old 10-30-2008, 11:32 PM
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The ideal build and height for me would be:

Strong build, with big bones. Not really stocky, but a good distance between the chest.
No littler than 16hh.

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post #14 of 39 Old 10-31-2008, 01:43 AM
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Well I really am enjoying the height of my new(ish) mare, who's smack on 15hh at the moment, but she's having another grow spurt so I'm sure by the time she's grown she'll be about 15.1-15.2hh at max.
I love my gelding who is 16.1hh... I'm really short though, but I feel happier on bigger horses than little ones... my 14.2hh mare feels tiny now ;)

As for build... I like solid horses :)

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post #15 of 39 Old 10-31-2008, 02:02 AM
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I prefer smaller horses. Candy is around 14.2hh which is perfect in my opinion!
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post #16 of 39 Old 10-31-2008, 02:43 AM
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Most of the horses I have owned were above 16 hh, tho I have owned a couple who were shorter. I'm only 5'5 so the height issue isn't so much an issue for me. It really depends on the horse I am riding.
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post #17 of 39 Old 10-31-2008, 05:29 AM
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I like a stockier build. My pony is 13.2hh.
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post #18 of 39 Old 10-31-2008, 06:31 AM
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I have only had horses at 17 H or more but, I am not a small person.
I have not found any Issues with height vs balance, only some poor uneducated perceptions that a very tall/large horse might be somewhat clunky or too imposing. my bowed legs may help here too, not real sure on that one.
Ah the nice view, I can see well over everyone else easily...
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post #19 of 39 Old 10-31-2008, 06:41 AM
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Considering im 5'11" I "look" best on a horse that is near or above 16hh. I had an arab mare for years that was 14.1hh ish. When I feel like being a contender in show season I like them tall. When I just want to putter along in the feilds I like them short.

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post #20 of 39 Old 10-31-2008, 09:44 AM
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I used to always prefer slightly shorter horses... 14.2-15hh. But my newest horse is almost 15.3hh and he's perfect for me. I'm so used to riding him, I think a shorter horse just wouldn't feel right anymore.

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