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        09-08-2013, 01:28 PM
      #11
    Weanling
    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.
         
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        09-09-2013, 10:59 AM
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    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.)
         
        09-09-2013, 02:07 PM
      #13
    Green Broke
    I'm one of those people! My guy is 16.1, and I always considered him to be a bit on the small side... xD
         
        09-09-2013, 02:26 PM
      #14
    Yearling
    Yup, one of my boys is 16.2 and a half; people swear up and down he's 17 or more.
    I'll be the first to admit I'm terrible at guessing, I call my other one 15, but I'm sure he's only about 14.1 LOL
         
        09-09-2013, 03:37 PM
      #15
    Weanling
    The lady that owns the barn I board at shows WP and HUS on her 16.3 HH Appendix, he is gorgeous. And yes, he is that tall!
         
        09-14-2013, 11:16 PM
      #16
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by Cynical25    
    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.)

    If you show the same circuits, you see them pretty often too.

    The paints tend to be have more all-around horses than the quarters.
         
        10-03-2013, 02:00 AM
      #17
    Foal
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    This guy went backwards. He's 17.3-18hh QH who was 6th in the nation for jr hus until he had stifle surgery - but he's got the build and the mind that he transitioned nicely into a lower level WP horse.

    That's a lope btw - can you say flat kneed and relaxed? :)

    So ya, I say a tall horse can do it - but like others say; your 17hh pleasure horse may be just a slow legged as a 15hh horse, but becaue his stride is bigger is going to be passing and may get you unwanted attention if you aren't spot on.
         

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