I am 5'6 and was leasing a 16 hand TB. I felt like he was HUGE. The SPB I am currently leasing, Jack, is 15.2 and I feel much safer being closer to the ground! My trainer made a comment about how Jack really needs another 6 inches for us to be sucessful in the hunter under saddle world. I was so sad to hear this, as he is such a good boy. I feel very comfortable on him, and I don't want to go back to riding a giraffe! :) I am not showing at a high level and I am not loosing any sleep over the height of my horse. A good horse is a good horse, I don't care if I am riding a 30 year old pony if I am comfortable and having fun.
My trainer, however, shows western a lot and she is about the same height as me. Her show horses are all around 15- 15.2.
So everyone, am I missing something? Is this a trend in the english world? Has it always been like this? Are short horses a trend in the western world? Do taller horses just show the movement better? Lets chat.
Just for fun, here is are a couple pictures showing the difference in height between the two horses I've been riding lately.