Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Alberta, Canada
I hate the current trend for riding huge horses. The mustangs that were so prevalent in north America and ridden by every ranch hand for the last few hundred years were 13.2-15hh.
Arabs, famous as incredibly sound, enduring, fearless war mounts packed men into battle at all speeds, and the were rarely over 15hh, and relatively narrow.
My BO has ridden my arab mare(15hh, narrow, takes a 28" western cinch) and she's nearly 6', with a 36" inseam. It looked slightly unusual, but she packed her just fine.
On the reverse side of things, my cousin is 5'2" and 100# and rides an 18hh percheron. Looks like a toddler sitting on her parents saddle horse, but she loves her horse, and it works.
Stop worrying about height. If the horse is comfortable carrying you, and you enjoy the horse, who cares how tall it is?