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    07-25-2008, 11:03 AM
Big horses or little horses?

This discussion came up elsewhere - what do you prefer, a big tall large horse, or something smaller and closer to the ground?

I'm tall, and I absolutely prefer the big ones. I feel much, much safer on something that's 16-17hh than on a 13hh pony! I feel more in control of a large horse where I have a secure seat than something that has to trot at 50Hz just to get moving at all ...
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    07-25-2008, 11:21 AM
I donīt really have an option but...
Speed wise it is the lenght of the step that matters more than length of legs so, yeah...

But I like to say ; in Iceland size doesnīt matter 8)
    07-25-2008, 11:22 AM
I prefer smaller horses (Just above maximum pony size, like a tall Fjord or Haflinger or a Gypsy Vanner,..) Or really big horses (Clydesdale and Shire-size)

Smaller horses because I feel safer on them and really big horses because they have great personality so I would feel safe on them too :P
    07-25-2008, 11:33 AM
A good horse is a good horse but I prefer the great big guys-just something about the draftys that I love. The friesians are so gorgeous but have never been on one.
    07-25-2008, 11:45 AM
My answer is medium...around 14hh or a little over! :P

Big horses height scares me a bit, and little horses...are just
To low to the ground, lol!
    07-25-2008, 11:48 AM
I'm with claireauriga, I prefer the big horses. I'm only 5'2" but i've trained so many ponies and all of them were evil. But at my old barn I learned how to really ride and retrain all horses and the smallest one in the barn was 15.3h and my fav was our 4yr old Hanovarian who was 17.3! I'm a jumper and eventer anyway and it's usually a lot easier for the bigger guys to get over the fences, and I too feel more safe on a big horse and have more to hold onto than a pony!
    07-25-2008, 11:53 AM
14hh is tiny to me xD A friend remarked that the bigger horses are ususally soppy lumps, but that ponies have personalities. Often evil ones xD Which makes them more fun to ride but also turns them into little devils.

Me, I'm new enough to absolutely love the big soppy lumps! Also, I'm not sure why, but I feel much more comfortable moving around a larger horse than something whose head only comes up to my chest. I guess I feel like my hands are in danger or something? I'm not walking around thinking a pony will bite off my hands, of course xD It's just something about the size that is reassuring and makes me feel like I can't be ... jumped at, I suppose. I have a very long-standing fear of dogs and don't like animals putting their teeth near me at all.

An additional problem with smaller horses is that your feet meet underneath and unless you jack your stirrups up until your thigh touches your calf, you're going to be kicking thin air!
    07-25-2008, 12:05 PM
I'm also 5'2, but I prefer anything from 14hh-15hh. My old
Horse "Ace," was a monster horse compared to little ole' me,
He was on the verge of almost 16 hands or close and his
behavior was unpredictable and it kinda made me scared
Of big horses.

When I'm more experienced riding, I will more than likely get
Over that fear someday.
    07-25-2008, 12:51 PM
After being out of horses for 25 years, when I bought Arrow a year and a half ago, I loved the fact that he was only 14.2 or 14.3. I'm in my mid-40s, and now I say, the shorter the better! It's easier to get on and off, and it's not as far to fall.

Here's what freaks me out a bit though--I've go horse below my knee! The rest of my leg just drops off to nowhere! Giving cues with my calves means really bringing them in, and giving him a good, swift kick when he's a brat? A major undertaking!
    07-25-2008, 01:12 PM
I like horses at least 15-16hh. I like the bigger ones, pretty much 16hh.

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