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post #1 of 18 Old 05-10-2008, 08:39 PM Thread Starter
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TALL HORSE, short horse...

So is a tall horse "a long way to fall?" Or "plenty of time to think about landing." And vice versa with a short horse.

I say my 15hh appy is perfect for me, anything much taller would be a little intimidating....my friend says the opposite. She likes her 17hh ottb because she has enough time to consider her landing.

What do you all prefer and why?
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post #2 of 18 Old 05-10-2008, 09:43 PM
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It really doesn't make any difference if you're falling off In any case, I prefer our stocky 14.2hh-15.2hh Paint mares. They can do anything from a pokey walk to a full gallop, turn on a dime, and go anywhere.
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post #3 of 18 Old 05-10-2008, 10:05 PM
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I ride average sized horses (15 - 15.2)... but I'd ove to ride/own a taller horse... and not because I'd have more time to think of how to land when I'm tossed. Lol.

I just really want a taller horse... mainly because I feel like i'm too big for my horses... XD!

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My 3 horses have been 15hh, 15.3hh, and 17.1hh... and I liked them all for different reasons. I don't have a preferance, as long as it can do what I want :)

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post #5 of 18 Old 05-10-2008, 10:28 PM
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I like the horses I ride to be as tall as I am (meaning their back is as tall as I am). I don't mind riding smaller or taller...but that's my preference...I have no idea why though
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post #6 of 18 Old 05-11-2008, 01:29 AM
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I like my smaller Quarter Horses! Stocky and between 14 1hh - 15 2hh!
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post #7 of 18 Old 05-11-2008, 08:30 AM
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I don't think height really matters that much when you fall off. It still hurts just as much! And it usually happens so quick that you don't have a chance to think even if you're on a bigger horse!

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post #8 of 18 Old 05-11-2008, 11:45 AM
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Dumas is right about 15hh and if her were any taller I couldn't get my foot into the stirups!

I prefer a horse that I don't need to use a mounting block for. Mostly because we ride trails. (you don't always have a tree stump or large rock handy) IF we did arena stuff...I wouldn't care how tall the horse was as long as he was a good one!

Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don't be afraid or discouraged by the size of the task, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.

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post #9 of 18 Old 05-11-2008, 03:03 PM
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Lexi is about 15hh+ & she is a perfect size for me.
Cody was about 16hh, pretty tall. I like them tall, but not TOO tall. So Lexi is perfect.

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post #10 of 18 Old 05-11-2008, 05:48 PM
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My boy is 18 hands tall. When we were doing medieval shows part of the show I did a swordfight with another lady where I got pushed off my horse. It took a long time to learn to fall from that height but once I did it wasn't so bad.
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