Well, currently I'm riding reining ponies and was asked to get "the BIG grey over there." Turns out Paris is 15hh. :lol:
So most are right about 14.1 to 14.2hh. Definitely an adjustment from riding hunters.
Oh, and I'm 5'8" with a lot of leg.
I have 3 ponies - two top of the line larges, and one Mini (which I don't ride) I'm a tad over 5'5 but I have pretty short legs, so while I am always having to remind my upper body to sit back, my legs actually fit a medium pony pretty well. If I get brave enough, I'll post some pictures, I have owned ponies since my NZ TB - funny enough, he was a big 17 hh! - died about 10 years ago.
What does 'top of the line large' mean please? I've seen it a few times on the forum but I'm not familiar with the US terminology :)
80-84 inch girth?!? Where does one buy one of those? The largest I have ever seen is 58 inches.
Sorry - for me at least, it means right on the 14.2 line, since anything over would be a horse. Actually, I think one of my girls is 14.1, but she is only 3 1/2. My other girl is also 3 1/2, and is a smidge higher, but is also butt high at the moment, so I will probably end up with two little horses, lol. No worries though - I like their size! I can go trail riding, and get on and off easily, it doesn't hurt my back to groom them, they don't eat a lot, their teeny hooves are easy to care for, and don't leave craters in the pasture, blankets are usually cheaper, and I happen to love their Pony 'Tude.
4'10" ish and 15.3 and 16.1. My 15.3 made is built fairly petite and I fit her perfectly. The other mare is built big and it took a while to get used to her. She is honestly too big but I really like riding her so we make it work.
In my mind I see a little 15.1ish TB mare in my future, perfect size for me!
Just barely 5' tall and my mare is 16.1 hands. I always have preferred tall horses, because they give you more warning of impending 'something different' than the tiny compact critters that can turn on a dime, right out from under a rider.
OTOH, the older I get to be might make me rethink this. I am in my 6th decade now; maybe when I reach 70 I will switch to an under 15.2 hand critter.
I'm 5'3", my horse is a 16.1, and I think we're a pretty good match. I have longer legs so height has never been a concern for me while riding, only on the ground - I ride dressage so there are a lot of huge horses around and at about 17hh they just start to feel too big for me to handle. Super fun to ride occasionally, but I don't want to use a step stool to groom, tack up, and blanket every day of my life. Trying to bridle a 17.1 horse who doesn't want to be bridled is not fun when you are 5'3".
You guys look nice together.
I'm really no taller now–5'1.5"-than I was when I was 13. My pony then was 12.3 hands tall, and I was just a bit too big on him, i.e. had to be careful with my body jumping. I've ridden everything from that size to about 16.2, and I find how you look/feel depends more on the horse's body type than height. My current hony is a a 14.3 hand Paint who I think I fit very well.
5'8" vs 16.2+ HH.
The 30 yo Arab that passed 2 1/2 years ago was 15HH, but he was of the solid-bodied Crabbet/Kellogg breeding and took up a lot of leg. Of which I have an abundance. :cool:
I'm 5'9" and both of my horses are 15.3 hh. They're the shortest horses I've ever owned, but as I'm getting older I find I really like smaller horses.
I'm 5', and Felix is a very stocky 13.2 (my 5'7" coach rides him without looking too big as well).
My tallest horse was a 16.2 but very narrow/short backed TB - he took up my leg about the same ammount as Felix, but differently of course.
I'm currently a pretty die-hard pony/hony rider though. I can get so much quality in a smaller package for a better price just cause they're short!
I'm 5'8" and ride a 16.2
Hubby is 6'1 and rides a 15.1
I'm 5'2". I have a 14.2hand little guy, and the other two are right around 15.2ish.
I'm 5'9" and one horse is 17hh and the other 18.2hh. I feel like I fit both of them very well and can mount from the ground when out on the trail.
17hh TB: http://smile.webshots.com/smiles/4d5...1d22000abc1ad8
18.2hh Zangersheide: http://smile.webshots.com/smiles/4e4...1d22000abc1ad8
6' and my lease horse is 16h on a very, very tall day ;) He's fairly solid so it works ok, though I still have to fight my inclination to raise my heel when asking for the canter :P All my height is in my legs!
Here we are at my first real show in 20+ years: http://www.flickr.com/photos/funnyth...57630902452296