Originally Posted by Production Acres
You need a short stocky animal. I just purchased a 15 h mule from a black gentleman who was 5'4" and about 280lbs. He was having too much trouble getting on the mare. A short stocky animal with some cob or draft blood would definitely be prefferable. Try and stay in something 13-14 h or you will have trouble mounting.
Was the gentleman using a mounting block? Because those definitely help with the ease of mounting, and it's way less stressful for a horse's back than mounting from the ground. Plus it allows you to get on bigger horses, which makes 17hh horses possible for people my height:) I'm guessing you know what a mounting block is, so I won't go into detail.