Well, his build is quite massive, as he's of a light draft type Latvian Warmblood - they are generally carriage horses - and he tends to look bigger than some horses who are lighter built, but actually higher than him.
Smaller horses are cute. :) We have some around here, too - mostly they're trotters or trotter mixes or different, nice grade horses who happen to be smaller, and also some Arabs and Icelandics. I used to lease an adorable grade mare who was also not much larger than 14HH, and my BO has a smallish trotter gelding, who was ought to grow higher, but didn't. :)
I've noticed that, compared to other countries where riding is popular, people in Latvia tend to spend much less attention to the breed of the horse and a good grade is just as good as a purebred horse with champion bloodlines. For example, for several horses in my barn the bloodlines are even unknown or just partially known, but they are still awesome horses.
But maybe that's just the result of decades long backyard breeding and poorly financed breeding programs of our national breeds? A large part of the people really tends to be less than educated in the area of horse breeding, conformational pros and cons, horse trading, buying and so on...
Or have I been mistaken and the breed of a horse is not that important in other countries too?
I have come a long way, to surrender my shadow to the shadow of my horse.