I'm tall, and I LOVE my horse to death. I bought her on a whim and intended on training her and reselling her, but I've since decided she is not just another one of my projects. I've had her since February and I enjoy owning her very much. However, I want to start competing more seriously and I will need a better size-match than her. I can't afford to keep two horses, so in order for me to get a taller horse, I can't keep Sav. Which, of course, brings me to a huge dilemma... Do you think this is a viable reason to trade her or sell her? =/
I'd like your opinions on what size horse might suit me. Even on a 16 hand horse I look rather tall, so I may have to push up to 17 or so hands. Yikes!
Yes, I would say being too big for a horse would be a viable reason for a trade/sell. People outgrow & sell their horses constantly. If you got a horse that was round with a big barrel, I think you could fit something 16hh fine, if it was narrow though, you'd have to go with the 17hh.
I think part of the problem is less the size of the horse and more the size of the saddle. It looks to me from all the pics that the saddle is just a bit too short and and this adds to the illusion of your height. As for horse size I agree with the others, horses are bought and sold for less reasons than that.
Here is where we as humans have to remove the emotional. Trust me I am fighting that feeling right now, as my husband and I have moved into gaited horses and have 3 QH/paints we need to sell as we aren't using them anymore. First of all our horses don't love us, they don't have that emotional draw. If they had those type of feelings they would never allow us to wean and sell their babies. We all tend to think our animals have the same feelings we do. They are much simpler as they require food, water, shelter and care. They are only concerned with their needs.
Look at it this way, by selling your girl you are allowing someone else the pleasure in owning a horse that you have trained.
I tihnk you could easily look fine on something 16 hands if they aren't so narrow. But I agree that is a fine reason to sell a horse people 'outgrow' horses often and if you can pass him on to someone more his size it may be better.
Well, I guess personally I wouldn't sell a horse that I am very attached to unless it was a safety issue for the horse. If she can carry your weight fine, then for me there is no reason to sell. But then again, this is one of the reasons that I don't show. I think someone posted about the option to lease her out- this may be a good compromise for you.
I disagree that horses don't mind switching owners though. My new boy is now practically attached at the hip to me and he is just finally getting over his anxiety about trailering. He was moved around a lot in the past few years, and he was not great about going into the trailer because of it. Once in he was fine, but when we got somewhere he would be a shaking mess until the saddle and pad came out. Once I started tacking him up he would relax instantly because he knew at that point that we were just going riding. My 26 yr old arab gets very mad if I go on vacation, despite the fact that my cousin would stay at my house and watch the horses. He actually chewed a hole through his stall wall while I was gone (no, he was not locked in). When I return, all the horses are all over me...somehow I think that they are attached to me if they act like this despite my cousin being there to care for them all week.
While it may appear you are too big.....go look at Mark Todd. He is also 6'2 and he has ridden similarly sized horses to the Olympics in the toughest discipline offered there. While he may look big, it doesn't interfere with the horse doing this hard job!!
If you love her, keep her!! No way your riding will be any way near as demanding on her as Todd's horses.
Besides, Arabs and mustangs are well know for being much tougher than they appear!!
I have to agree with Allison. If she has the physical ability and willingness to keep up with what you want to do and you really don't want to see her go, then keep her. 'Stangs have the same basic consistutions as Arabs, they are tough little buggers for their size.