Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
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My last horse stood 17.1hh, and he definitely knew where all 4 feet were.. especially when he bucked. It's true that the trend is saying "bigger is better!" and it's too bad! I had a lovely 15.3hh TB mare that (after years of training) knew her job - I could get on her and ride her med. level dressage and jump 3'6" - 3'9" and then turn around, plunk a kid on her and she'd do this nice lope around a cross-rail hunter course. One problem with her: she wasn't 16hh+, so nobody wanted her. Perfectly good mare in the prime of her life (I was selling her when she was 9-10 years old) and I had to knock her price down drastically because nobody wanted a small horse.
I agree, QHs that are bred for height don't know where their feet are - that's because their ideal height is between 14 and 16 hh, not over 16hh. Their breed essentially doesn't know how to cope with a taller height, as they've always been 14-16hh (with the odd exception), and then some stupid breeders said "oh well... let's breed big!"
However, breeds that have been taller for quite some time (without having it bred into them in the past decade) I find move within their bodies much more than the tall-type QH.
Did I make sense?
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