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        07-26-2008, 11:09 AM
    I'm 6' 4", but I still prefer the stocky Paint/QH/Appy horses...they are quick and sturdy...or...maybe it's the cowboy in me. All our Paints are 14.2hh to 15.2hh. As far as my leg length, the extra horse width of the stocky horses makes up most of the difference.
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        07-26-2008, 11:56 AM
    Originally Posted by PaintHorseMares
    I'm 6' 4", but I still prefer the stocky Paint/qh/Appy horses...they are quick and sturdy...or...maybe it's the cowboy in me. All our Paints are 14.2hh to 15.2hh. As far as my leg length, the extra horse width of the stocky horses makes up most of the difference.
    Thats pretty funny I rode a mutton withered wide body qh mix before I got my mountain horse. It took awhile to get used to the nothingness of her. Theres no place to rest your legs!
        07-26-2008, 12:18 PM
    Smaller LOL! I've had horses of almost every height...but prefer shorter. I like between 14.3 and 15.3 hands. I just feel more secure on a shorter horse. However, the strides of a big, 16+ hand TB are so smooth and nice to ride!
        07-26-2008, 01:07 PM
    I love the challeng of getting on my horse and all the horses that are big. My horse is trained to stand where ever I put him and he doesnt walk away, so i've used everything to get on him including i've climbed in a tree and dropped on his back, I jumped on him from a running start on a tack trunk and even from a jungle gym! I love my horse, but I think it's fun!
        07-26-2008, 02:18 PM
    This is how I like them:
        07-26-2008, 03:53 PM
    Ooooo Harry is huge and beautiful. I would probably look better on a horse that size but I wouldn't feel better...does that make sense? I guess the older I get, the closer to the ground I want to be.
        07-27-2008, 12:27 PM
    Hmm.. I was reading an article today about how itīs harder to ride smaller horses because itīs easier to loose balance or something..
    Ok, went and got that magazine and hereīs a translation of a small part
    small horses demand more of the riders
    Peggy says "small horses are very fun. They are infact harder to ride because theyīre so quick an can change their balance so quickly. It is a big mistake to think that they are the most suitable for beginners". Susan agrees an adds that especially when tall riders are on little horses it takes less for the balance between horse and rider to be disturbed. Things like the right equitation and a suitable saddle matter more then when the horse is bigger.

    I think that is rather interesting...
        07-27-2008, 02:41 PM
    Green Broke
    I'm fairly tall at just under 5'9 but I love short horses. It's my haflinger's fault - he got me hooked on the smaller breeds. Has to be stocky though! I find them better for the trails - you can get under the trees and such on some paths than on taller horses. I rode a Dutch Warmblood on the trail once and didn't even enjoy it in the woods because I spent most of my time avoiding branches.

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