Originally Posted by spurstop
I'm going to throw this out here too: A lot of people are really, truly terrible at eye-balling a horse's height. So, when you have a bunch of people saying "I see horses that tall all the time!" take it with a grain of salt. Those are normally the same people who claim to ride a 16 hand horse and when you put a stick on it, it's like 15.1.
Absolutely agree! However, if you go to high level breed shows right now (such as the APHA Youth World Show & The Reichert Celebration, which are held in my neck of the woods,) there are many true 16+hh WP horses, presumably so they can go All Around. It may be hard to eye-ball height as they are going around the arena, but if you wander the stalls as I always do, you're up close & personal.
(Say's the owner of a 14.2 hh QH who is stalled between a true 17.3 hh Oldenburg and a comparitively measely 16 hh TB, lol.)