What I think DOES look ridiculous is tiny little women/girls on 17hh+ horses.
I'm not so keen on a huge horse, being small myself, but thats what we breed so that's (mostly) what I've got. Truth be told I don't much like ponies, though. Perfect for me is my 16H gelding, he's awesome
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.
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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.
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RIP Sasha, best dog ever, pictured shortly before she died, Death either by euthanasia or natural causes is only the end of the animal inhabiting its body; I believe the spirit lives on.
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".
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.
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!