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  • #21
    I'm in the same boat OP. Im hoping for another inch.

    I was looking at her yesterday saying "I think she's grown!" And then I looked at her feet and found the source of her extra 1/2". Farrier is out there now. I'll go out tonight to see my 15.2hh horse.

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    • #22
      how about Itot du Chateau at 15.2? Or even more so, Stroller from the 1968 Olympics, who was very much a pony at 14.1? It's the jump in the horse, not the horse's height, that makes all the difference
      Blog chronicling our new eventing adventures: Riding With Scissors

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      • #23
        My junior horse was 15.2 and 1/4. The two years that I had her, she was in the top three in Zone I in the juniors and did all the equitation, including the Medal finals. She needed a little more pace to get down the lines, but was competitive and seriously brave.

        The real Sing Mia Song.
        Life would be infinitely better if pinatas suddenly appeared throughout the day.

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        • #24
          Originally posted by MoonLadyIsis View Post
          my mare is a very VERY slight 15.3. She is very narrow and to quote my boyfriend (who breaks and starts horses) has said she feels like a tiny two year old to him.

          https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...3&l=bf82d13515


          This was her a couple of months ago at Upperville. When I get updated photos I can send them.
          She is gorgeous and you must be a wee thing! You look great on her!

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          • #25
            Originally posted by OveroHunter View Post
            I got quite a kick out of your first two pics! I love your face and your horse's face in the first one and the sofa is just funny Nice horse!
            Thank you! He was such a good doer

            He now is enjoying his retirement, fat and sassy, on a farm in PA with an older pony gentleman he harasses on the regular, after shepherding me around some medals and his next owner to state 4-H finals.

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              #26
              Such great little horses here! We should start a little horse clique.

              My main concern with my mare's height is the 12' stride. I'd like to head towards the jumper ring ideally, and I'm of the camp that she'd be quick and catlike in courses. I just hope the striding isn't an issue, especially with bigger fences.

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              • #27
                Originally posted by over the moon View Post
                My main concern with my mare's height is the 12' stride.
                She might surprise you on that one. Several years ago my trainer and I were starting my 15hh mare over fences. Trainer was of the opinion that we'd start with a stride length that was comfortable for her, and then work her towards the ideal. Combinations were interesting at first, and my little mare kept insisting on breaking to a trot after the first fence. Trainer had started with the assumption that pipsqueak mare would need to start at a shorter stride, and then work her way up. But as it turned out she actually had a surprisingly long stride, and we had to start with longer distances. Who knew?

                Now, I have no idea how she'd be at any significant height, however. The horse I had before her was a really dirty stopper (among other things), and she's very sensitive, so I decided that I really needed to spend some time on a schoolmaster again before jumping her, and then life, blah, blah, blah, and we've been doing the dressage/trail thing. But I can definitively state that her stride length was certainly not what put a stop to our jumping plans.
                "In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn’t merely train him to be semi-human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming part dog."
                -Edward Hoagland

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                • #28
                  My mare is 14.1h. She has never showed in "pony" classes and has always soared with the big horses. She competed very successfully 3'6"-4'0" jumpers. She even won a 6-bar at 4'10". (And, yes, she can get a 12' stride - I just had to train it. Although it was always a source of anxiety in the 4'0" classes).
                  It was always the best when I'd show up for a class and people on horses 2-3 hands taller than mine would smirk. Then my tiny horse would beat them.
                  I'm done with jumpers now and haven't showed her for the past few years. She's going to start her eventing career next season

                  3'6" class in our first season of competing when she was 5 (hence the terrible plastic helmet on me - hah!): https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.n...2853_154_n.jpg

                  3'6" or 3'9" class: https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.n...853_9313_n.jpg

                  Winning jump in the 6 bar (sorry it's off a video): https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.n...853_1099_n.jpg

                  And just to show that she's still jumping fabulous! This was taken a couple of weeks ago. 3'6" Bareback! https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.n...95158697_n.jpg

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                  • #29
                    Originally posted by Limerick View Post
                    She is gorgeous and you must be a wee thing! You look great on her!

                    I'm only 5'3 on a tall day.. more like 5'2 3/4. Thank you! She's the best. Was supposed to be a sale project but I kinda turned her into a pet...and fell in love with her..

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                      #30
                      Originally posted by zorse View Post
                      My mare is 14.1h. She has never showed in "pony" classes and has always soared with the big horses. She competed very successfully 3'6"-4'0" jumpers. She even won a 6-bar at 4'10". (And, yes, she can get a 12' stride - I just had to train it. Although it was always a source of anxiety in the 4'0" classes).
                      It was always the best when I'd show up for a class and people on horses 2-3 hands taller than mine would smirk. Then my tiny horse would beat them.
                      I'm done with jumpers now and haven't showed her for the past few years. She's going to start her eventing career next season

                      3'6" class in our first season of competing when she was 5 (hence the terrible plastic helmet on me - hah!): https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.n...2853_154_n.jpg

                      3'6" or 3'9" class: https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.n...853_9313_n.jpg

                      Winning jump in the 6 bar (sorry it's off a video): https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.n...853_1099_n.jpg

                      And just to show that she's still jumping fabulous! This was taken a couple of weeks ago. 3'6" Bareback! https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.n...95158697_n.jpg
                      Holy cow that spotted pony can jump! You are my new inspiration... I'll print a picture to show Mex.

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                      • #31
                        Wow Zorse!

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                        • #32
                          my mare is 15.3 on the dot. But, she's truly a big horse in a small package. She's got tons of scope and power and honestly when you're riding her, you'd never ever guess she's 15.3hh. I show her in the AAs and 3' classes, and to be fair, she just packs me around while I hold on. I also trail ride, do some low level Xcountry stuff, and occassionally pop on bareback.
                          She's small, but she's the one I feel safest on, and that I get offers on at horse shows. Don't worry if your horse doesn't pass 16.hh. there's a strong market for smaller adults and young riders who don't want to own a moose.

                          for the record, she's branded oldenburg and parents (sire, holsteiner is 16.2and mom, dutch by Consul, was a huge-bodied 16.2) Half siblings from dam and on sire side are all quite a bit bigger. She just didn't grow.
                          She's the perfect height for me and I wouldn't have her taller even if I could.

                          lots of FB picutures of her here (she's the gray one).
                          https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...3&l=b7b0b97af2
                          A good man can make you feel sexy, strong, and able to take on the world.... oh, sorry.... that's wine...wine does that...

                          http://elementfarm.blogspot.com/

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                          • #33
                            Thanks! I think if she would have had a more knowledgeable rider she could have shown at least 4'3". She never had a problem with the height and could get herself out of any mess. I think I was 16 when I got her and I put all the training on her (and I didn't know what I was doing!). She's my buddy

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                            • #34
                              My hunter I showed a few years back in the adult ammies was 15.2-3 ish. He had no trouble making the strides, winning classes, championships, year end championships, hacks, everything. Someone once offered me a ginormous amount of money (6 figures before the recession lol) to load him up and take him home as a children's horse for their kid.

                              Him lacking those very desirable 4 inches never bothered him at all and fit my perfectly since I'm only 5,4"!

                              Hooray small horses!

                              Also hilarious that we consider them small, my western friends say 'holy smokes, 15.2? How do you get on that thing!!'

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                              • #35
                                I'm 5'2" and my guy is 15.3 with his shoes. Here are a few pics. If I can continue to lose weight, I will look better on him. I'm too heavy now. The Gulfport photo was just before or after we got 10th in the classic. We consistently place in the ribbons in our local circuit & Gulfport. Alex is an Anglo-Trakehner. I've had him for 10 years (he's 11).

                                http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...type=1&theater

                                http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...type=3&theater

                                http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...type=3&theater
                                Proud member of the Clean Horse, Dirty House Clique! Founder of the Goodbye Fat, Hello Muscle Clique!

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                                • #36
                                  Originally posted by shadytrake View Post
                                  I'm 5'2" and my guy is 15.3 with his shoes. Here are a few pics. If I can continue to lose weight, I will look better on him. I'm too heavy now. The Gulfport photo was just before or after we got 10th in the classic. We consistently place in the ribbons in our local circuit & Gulfport. Alex is an Anglo-Trakehner. I've had him for 10 years (he's 11).

                                  http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...type=1&theater

                                  http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...type=3&theater

                                  http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...type=3&theater
                                  Your pictures aren't working. Go to the pictures you want to post, hit refresh to go to the old style of facebook, and copy the public link at the bottom of the page.
                                  .

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                                  • #37
                                    Originally posted by Big_Grey_hunter View Post
                                    Your pictures aren't working. Go to the pictures you want to post, hit refresh to go to the old style of facebook, and copy the public link at the bottom of the page.
                                    Sorry, I'm FB ignorant. Try this.

                                    http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?s...3&l=015ddce8a7

                                    http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?s...3&l=451e87d1ca

                                    http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?s...1&l=015ddce8a7
                                    Last edited by shadytrake; Sep. 23, 2012, 09:21 PM.
                                    Proud member of the Clean Horse, Dirty House Clique! Founder of the Goodbye Fat, Hello Muscle Clique!

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                                    • #38
                                      My "it" horse was a 15.2h palomino QH who I successfully showed as a Children's Hunter (and got down the lines), as a training level eventer, and at the end of the day, he could take a little kid around a 2' course like a saint.

                                      http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphoto...693_3345_n.jpg

                                      http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphoto...693_1296_n.jpg

                                      http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphoto...693_1591_n.jpg

                                      http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphoto...693_5985_n.jpg

                                      http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphoto...693_1896_n.jpg

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                                      • #39
                                        I LOVE little horses. I know I am an eventer, so my opinion doesn't count so much We don't get as concerned about making the strides, just want to make the time.

                                        I have been blessed to sit on the backs of some incredible LITTLE horses, of varying athletic ability. My first little TB (15.2, and built downhill) could struggle to get the correct strides in combos, but his canter was his weak link, not his stride. If got his canter right, he made the distances easily. That being said, I was fearless on him and would jump just about anything. http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...9&l=440027bbc0

                                        I rode a teeny, tiny little TB mare from the time she was 3 until she was 6 or 7. She was supposed to be 15.3 when we got her (sight unseen, just pictures on the internet), but was more like 15.1. She did grow and finished at about 15.3...but I joked that she was more like 15h...the extra 3 inches was just withers. She was NARROW, to boot, and very short from front to back (wore a 69" blanket and a 46" girth). But she was a BLAST. I referred to her as a jet propelled knife blade. A few weeks ago she kinda came back in my life when I realized I was parked next to her and her new kid at a show (Facebook can be a wonderful thing because now I can stalk them! ). The new kid is giving the little thing a chance to finally show the world how super she is, and I'm very happy. This is one of the few pictures of me jumping her, but you can see how narrow she is! http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...9&l=f24cdd6d5d

                                        Now, my current horse is 15.3, with a monstrous stride and a huge jump. It is impossible for me to describe just how much I love this horse. He is just AWESOME. He is the smallest horse in the barn, and could out jump all of them, I think. I love him. He is the best. http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...0&l=73bcf46e4d

                                        I have also ridden a pony who EASILY made the 12ft strides (like, stupidly easily...occasionally left strides OUT). And his pony pal counterpart, while not as scopey and athletic, was wicked fast....those two could keep up with the field master on his 17h+++ TB at a dead gallop. We'd pull up, he'd turn around to find these two ponies in his hip pocket, and the rest of the field way far behind

                                        Little is not a bad thing, ever.
                                        Amanda

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                                        • #40
                                          yellowbritches,
                                          Love your best fence photo. I have one of those but it's not electronic. My guy may be small but he's got an incredible canter stride. I want to try to move up to the A/Os 3'3" but I'm not quite there yet.
                                          Proud member of the Clean Horse, Dirty House Clique! Founder of the Goodbye Fat, Hello Muscle Clique!

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