I'm 5'5 and I've ridden everything from about 13 hands to 18 hands. So long as they aren't really
narrow, I'm comfortable on pretty much anything that I'm not too heavy to ride. My favorite height is in the 14-15 hand range though. Anything much smaller than that is just too small for any real ranch work and anything much taller than that gets hard for me to comfortably get on and off of. Unfortunately, though, my next saddle horse is likely going to finish out at around 17 hands
. Guess I better either teach him to bow down for mounting or resign myself to seeking a hill or a stump every time I get on LOL.