I got a trail horse a bit small cause I wanted to mount easy. Im 5 8, he was 15.2, and that was pretty good, when I got another hes a bit bigger, 16.1ish & big. I can get my foot up there if I dont have extra layers on but its not easy to climb on. Of course Im also fluffy so that may slow things down.
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I'm 5'10", my Jet is just shy of 15 hh. I love her size; she takes up a lot of leg, is easy to mount, and she's the best horse ever born. Her offspring, Jess, is about 15.3 or so, and she feels great, but she's not (yet) the riding horse her momma is. I leased a fellow COTHr's much larger gelding, but he is so narrow, I felt like much more of a load for him than with my girls.
I'm a bit under 5'3'', but with really long legs. My horse is 16.3, and with a pretty wide barrel for a TB. I really like my height actually, because I can still ride ponies comfortably, and then switch to a horse.
5'1 and a 26 inch inseam on a 16h 1,300 lb appendix. When I got her I was 4'10 and it was even more absurd. For her extra wide barrel and my stumpy legs we work out alright but when she wants to be mulish, things get interesting. http://i1222.photobucket.com/albums/...e/IMG_2597.jpg
I'm 6'1" with a 36" inseam, and my first guy was a 15.3hh narrow TB (on a generous day, standing uphill, with front shoes and pads, after I'd had a beer or two). My current guy is a 16.3hh TB, and I honestly find him a little too big. However, I school the barn's 13hh ponies regularly (though perhaps not attractively), so perhaps my taste runs a little on the small side!
5'7" with a 32 inch inseam. I felt big on my 15.1 h. paint mare, and my 16 hand shallow bodied TB mare felt a little smallish. I now have a 17.1h TB mare that takes up my leg just fine, but I think I'd be happiest on something about 16.2 or 3 or so.
I am 5'8 with long legs & monkey long arms. I think more about barrel size than height, but I do like a bit of height.
My mare is almost 16 hands, which I think is a great height. Tall enough, but not a giraffe, so I don't have to worry about things like fitting her in most trailer. She looks taller b/c of her head/neck placement. She has a strong back & is well sprung.
I used to ride a lot of Morgans who were smaller with no issue b/c they had a good sized barrel. I rode my friend's 17.3 slab sided ASB & looked ridiculous b/c my legs hung below him like I was on a Shetland.
I'm 5'8" with long limbs and extra-long femurs. (For those of you familiar with Antares stamps, I own a 17.5" 4AA saddle, if that gives you a better idea.) I own a 16.2hh TB mare with well-sprung ribs and a good amount of bone who is very fit and I look ok on her. I look good on my barn's 17.3hh massive WB geldings. I look ridiculous when I hack out the 15.2hh little QH eq horse or the 15.2hh spindly TB mare.
OP, I think you look just fine on your *cute!* horse.
If you need me, I'll be outside battening down the hatches... for the holidays, not the rain.
4'11" with a 26.5" inseam here. My guy is just barely 15.1 and I think I look okay with him. Though when I get my next horse, however far away that might be, I would want something at least 15.3. At 25 years old, I've been riding ponies all my life and just want a *big guy* of my own. Preferably with spots or dapples
Both however are stout with well sprung rib cages. Lots of barrel for me to put my leg on. I think build is more important than height. I occasionaly ride another horse at the farm that is 17.3 but he is slab sided and I really don't care for the ride on that horse (even though he is a lovely boy).