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Curly_Horse_CMT 10-30-2008 08:34 PM

Perferred Height of your horse? Or no?...
Do you guys pefer a ceartain "body type" of horse that is over or under a ceartain height? My tallest horse is 15.1 hh, and he is a stocky built gelding (Bashkir Curly) My other two mares, although different breeds, have finer builds. I think it also might be because they are mares and are more naturally feminine.... :D lol

Andi 10-30-2008 08:37 PM

Most of my horses have been over 16 hands, but my current one is around 15.2hh, but she'll grow a bit. I like the smaller height these days but I prefer them to be solidish, not too solid but like WB x TB type of heaviness, rather than like an arab.

Anything under 15 hands I consider too small for me, and I wouldn't want something over 17 hands, because I feel they would be too big, not for just riding but for things like stables and rugs.

4EverPainted 10-30-2008 08:43 PM

I like short(er), stocky horses.

SkylarkandWinnie 10-30-2008 08:56 PM

I like shorter horses. Both mine are under 15 (ones 14.3 and the others 14.1).

I like horses with meduim/stocky builds. Wide horses are ok, but I don't really like narrow horses. Jack (horse I work with) is narrow, although I do love riding him (smooth little arab!), I hate feeling like I have no 'horse' under me.

I have a harder time getting my legs around horses over 15 most the time. Like the two Standardbreds I ride, I can ride them but I always feel like I'm everywhere becuase I'm so use to riding ponies!

o0hawaiigirl0o 10-30-2008 09:03 PM

I like a horse that is between 14.2 and 16hh. Anything over 16 hands is a bit too tall for my liking. Ponies are fun though! :) As for body type... I don't like the extremes (like really narrow or stocky) so I guess I like a medium build? =P

TheVelveteenPony 10-30-2008 09:12 PM

I like thin, narrow horses around or under 15 hands.

Supermane 10-30-2008 10:01 PM

I like stocky welsh-like ponies (14-14.2 hh) or horses thin (tb) to slightly stocky (wb or tb/wb), not too wide though (15.2-16.1 hh)

Appyt 10-30-2008 10:31 PM

I prefer at or under 15 hands.. My old appy is 14.3, grade mare is 15.1 and my QH is 16.1 dangit.. I can barely get on him from the ground and rarely try to.

azarni 10-30-2008 10:37 PM

I'm really tall, so I look like a total goof (and feel like one too) on a horse that's under 16hh. The Arabian I currently ride, and am hoping to buy next spring, is just a hair over 16hh, and his strides/movement match mine perfectly.

I find any horse much shorter than him uncomfortable.

I don't really mind much about the body build - can be stocky or light. Height is the biggest issue with me. My favourites are the more solidly-built horses, Warmblood-types, I guess.

FGRanch 10-30-2008 10:54 PM

I like my horses between 14 2hh and 15 2hh with a big thick QH build, but not thick like a halter horse.

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