I personally don't think that height is a reason to sell a horse unless your feet are in danger of touching the ground.
And I certainly would not sell a good horse that I was fond of to get one who was more aesthetically pleasing.
Savanna is a good horse, yes, but there are a few other reasons involved in selling her besides needing a taller horse. I am wanting to make a big investment in training one horse to compete on in eventing (as I've decided that is what I want to pursue).
what type of showing do you want to do cause there are alot of cutting horse trainers that are bigger than you and show smaller horses than yoursif your seat is good and you don't have a problem with the horse then I would show it
I actually considered sending her to a reining trainer, but settled on the fact her movement is much more suited to English. :) She'd be terrified of cows, hahaha.
I think... Just try it... see how things go, if its obvious its just not going to work, then consider leasing her out and buying a horse? Idk... good luck with that!
I considered leasing. Heck, I considered giving
her to one of the girls at the barn. But, they're under 18 and their parents pay board, and I didn't want to say something and have them going "Mommm daddddd pleeeeaseee" and ... well, you know. It's not fair to the parents ;) Thanks!
Have you been showing her at all yet in HUS? At the level you are wanting? How did you guys place?
I think if it was me, I would take her to a few shows and just see how we did first before I decided to sell her. The aesthetic thing may not even come up in the judging, I don't know. Ask the judges if her size compared to yours had anything to do with the placing or if it was something else.
At least, that's what I would do.
This is a very good point and kind of made me perk up a little :) No, we haven't shown in HUS yet. I need to train myself
some more for that. I was looking at a quarter horse (http://www.horseforum.com/horse-riding-critique/aqha-possible-purchase-94161/
) and was interested in doing hunters with him (as a lease at first, and then when the possibility of selling Savanna arose I thought about purchasing him).
We have done some local shows back when she was green, and I've been working more on the "finer" things for future shows so we could actually compete. The first two shows I showed her western, W/T. Did not place (I was competing against well-seasoned 4hers, hehe). Since then we've come a long way however she can be spooky and distracted in the ring which was our problem the first couple of shows. There's an open show this month on the 20th I want to take her to, it's just a matter of finding her a ride! :)
Here's a new flash for you...You look tall because you ARE tall. I know how it is because I'm 6'8. Any horse I ride looks small under me so I ride the horses that I want and don't worry about what it looks like. Spend your time riding your horse with so much precision and perfect technique that the judge CAN'T do anything but place you and forget about being "too" tall.
While your size may not help you in the HUS ring I would bet that if you have a wonderful seat and your horse is moving properly then it wouldn't keep you from winning anything.
Hmm, I am well aware I'm tall. So that's no news flash. I don't really feel self conscious or embarrassed about the fact I'm tall on her, I just find it difficult to give her certain cues and I feel sometimes it's hard for her to balance me in smaller circles at faster gaits. I just think I'd excel more in what I'd like to do (ultimately, eventing) on a larger horse.
I think if you feel uncomfortable you have two options, get comfortable or learn to be comfortable. I don't think you look bad on that horse. She seems to carry you just fine. All of my horses are ponies (13-14 hands). I like mine smaller. But it's a personal preference.
As far as the liking the owners thing I think my horse likes me. I rode her to the gas station and tied her up to the post. Went in and she neighed for me, came out and she nickered at me. I call for her she comes (and no not for treats). And she goes way better under saddle for me than just about everyone else because she's used to me. My aunt will go out and yell for her, she won't come, my husband...nope.. the kids...nope. The only ways she'll come in is if I go out and yell for her. I don't think they can "love" someone like we do but I have no doubt they like people. Even if it is just cause we feed them their favorite treats or don't yank on their mouth as much as other people.
I think another thing, too, is when I see some of the younger girls ride her who are much shorter than me I think, "They look great on her!" and I'd love to see one of them showing her, since they are wonderful matches.
As for the horse liking you - that's great, but I don't know how this "is my horse emotionally attached to me" discussion began ... I'm picking on YOU, I'm just letting everyone know that was not my initial discussion and I am not concerned about Savanna "missing" me lol. ;)
I'm 5'4 and I like my horses tall, 16hh+ is perfect lol, and I don't look like a dwarf on her. I'm sure if you got a bigger barreled horse you wouldn't notice the difference so much, or is it your friends that are pointing out the "size" issue to you?
I also agree with smrobs, take her to some show's see how she does and how the judges react to you, saddle is a definite issue as well, tack needs to fit horse and rider. You ARE tall but I ride with few people that are about your height if not taller, one has a 15.1 h arabian mare and she looks great on her (she's 6'1 and lanky).
Good luck with whatever you decide =)
Bringing up the bigger barrelled horse bit -I think I'd feel more secure if I had a rounder horse to put my legs around. Right now if I wrap my legs around Savanna, it throws my EQ off and I end up hitting her elbow with my toe whenever she takes a step back =( Thank you!
To be honest out of all the pictures you posted, you look the best on Sav because she is the heaviest boned and appears to be large bodied. If you do decide for a larger horse, I wouldn't go just by height alone. You may look perfectly fine on a 15.3 large bodied horse.
She is actually quite lean right now, but I think with some conditioning she'll get wider, maybe not 'huge' but surely wider. Thanks!
I'm with other folks who say height doesn't really matter. I'm 5'9", my horse is 14'3. I started showing her this year. I don't think I look too big for her though and as long as I'm not too heavy and she seems to enjoy, we are both happy.
I am 6'2 and right at 190 lbs (yes I look skinny, but I'm solid muscle, lol). I don't think I'm TOO heavy for her, but I'm gettin' there! ;) I think it would definitely be a task carrying me over larger jumps and I wonder about her ability to do eventing (since she's scared of anything she hasn't jumped before, lol).
Continuing on from this.......
The Master himself on Charisma, the tiny little horse (barely 15.1hh from memory????) who carried him to Seoul Olympics and can't remember the other one he went to. Pretty sure he won gold at 2 Olympics (LA and Seoul), I know he came second at Badminton on him one year, dropped a rail in the showjumping to let Ginny Leng in to take the honours but even Toddy admitted that that was pilot error and not horse.
I could watch Toddy all day, such a master.
It's not the size of the dog in the fight it's the size of the fight in the dog.
If you're worried about what you'll look like in the HUS ring, put your stirrups up a hole or two.
For me personally, I wouldn't let it worry you. If you sell this lovely little horse that you are obviously fond of and get along really well with then you may find yourself regretting it. What's more important to you? The competition or having fun with your horse? As someone else said on this thread... it will probably make you a better rider as you will want everything else to be perfect so they don't notice your height on the horse.
Good luck and Sav is a real cutie. What's the white marking on her neck on the near side?
That white mark is her freezebrand! She's an american mustang. :)
I'll get back to answering later... work is getting busy. Thanks so much for everyone's responses and opinions. I appreciate it very much!