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        07-25-2012, 09:10 AM
    I am very comfortable riding 15.1-15.2. In fact, that is what I am used too. However, I FIT best on horses about 16.2-16.3. Before I transferred down to So. Miss., I was riding a 16.2 Appy, and a 16.2 Oldenberg/Warmblood cross. I have never heard my instructor gush so much about how well I fit a horse before.

    16.2 seems to be my number. I'm 5'11" short.
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        07-25-2012, 09:19 AM
    15.2 - 15.3 is ideal for me.
    Tall enough and easy to do everything. Don't need a stirrup, a strong push up and hard pull to get into the saddle. Can almost jump into the saddle.

    So of course I didn't end up with that. My older, little horse has hopefully topped out at 16.1 and the youngester is 16.3 on her way to 17+. Couldn't find a way to stunt the upward growth

    Still looking for a saddle with a rope latter attachment for when I start training the younger one under saddle later this year. I keep hoping she'll stop getting taller.
        07-25-2012, 09:31 AM
    I do love a bigger horse, 16.0-16.2, but I am getting older and getting on one would get old after awhile. I currently ride a 15.1 hand QH and he is a perfect size. I ride my hubby's horse at 16 hands on occasion and wow, what a difference! You wouldn't think three inches would be such a leap in size. Thank goodness for stretch pants!
        07-25-2012, 09:55 AM
    I still have to adjust between riding taller and shorter horses. I've gotten used to actually riding the taller height, but dismounting? I NEVER suspect those extra couple of inches, and nearly fall on my butt every time!
        07-25-2012, 10:36 AM
    Originally Posted by Joidigm    
    I still have to adjust between riding taller and shorter horses. I've gotten used to actually riding the taller height, but dismounting? I NEVER suspect those extra couple of inches, and nearly fall on my butt every time!
    Try just sliding off the side without using a stirrup. My grand daughter is 7 and gets off my horse that way. I have to put her on, but she can slide off without me.
        07-25-2012, 10:42 AM
    Wow, looks like everybody likes the small ponies!

    I perfer 17hh and up ... I just love the bigger horses!! I do have a 14hh and a 15hh, but they just seem a little too small :p Cowboy is 17hh, and I think he's the perfect height! I would love to ride Radar, tallest horse in the world. He's pretty cool ;)
        07-25-2012, 10:56 AM
    My old gelding was 16.2 and weighed over 1400 lbs. I loved being up so high and under sooo much power! Now I have Rick who's 14.2 and only around 900 lbs. I love being able to just hop on him, handle his early onery days, and I can duck limbs! But sometimes I wish he was 2 inches taller!
    15hh is ideal for me, I'm only 5.2 and 140 sometimes I feel a little too big for Rick but really it's because he isn't quite as broad.
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        07-25-2012, 11:34 AM
    When it comes to riding, 13hh is my favorite, I feel safer on smaller horses as I had lots of riding accidents with larger horses.
    Though, I like all sizes when I'm on the ground.
        07-25-2012, 11:48 AM
    14.2 hands FTW!

    That's my ideal height for a horse, and I have one exactly that. Easy to mount, small enough to work with - short enough for younger riders but stocky enough for larger ones. Might have two, depending on how much or little the three year old grows.

    Actually, as long as I don't look like a giant on them (I am 5'3", so not really a problem there), I prefer horses under 14.3 or 15 hands. Large ponies work for me.
        07-25-2012, 11:57 AM
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    I used to lease a 17.2 h Percheron and loved the view. Now I own a 14.1 pony and I love it! I could get up on Duke but Hunter is so much easier to mount and is perfect for trail rides. No branches to duck and we usually miss the spider webs too.

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