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    I'm starting to accept the fact that my beloved little mare will always be a "little mare". I'm still secretly hoping for another inch in height, but realistically, she's probably mostly done her horizontal growth.

    SO - on that note, tell me your h/j success stories with your small horses! Pictures are a bonus.

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    How small are we talking about here?
    http://www.youtube.com/user/supershorty628
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      #3
      Right now (@ 4) she's probably a smidge under 15.2hh. Still hasn't filled out yet, so we'll see.

      Her 3/4 sister was at the farm recently; she's a 5yo and about 15.3 and a lot thicker than my mare. I would love for my horse to hit 15.3, but am starting to come to terms with a solid 15.2, haha.

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      • #4
        My best jumper was a very nondescript bay mare who was maybe 15 or 15.1 and slight. She was a fun horse. If you can ignore my crappy form, here is a Pic. http://i740.photobucket.com/albums/x...ill_Page_1.jpg

        I would take another like her in a heartbeat!
        “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
        ¯ Oscar Wilde

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        • #5
          My mare is a big bodied 15.3 and change - I make her look bigger because I'm ridiculously tiny and she's pretty solid. This is one of my favorite picture couplings I have of her...

          Walking past a fence (incidentally, the other horse in the picture is more than 2 hands bigger than Nikki!): https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphot..._5895553_n.jpg
          Jumping said fence: https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphot..._7125945_n.jpg
          http://www.youtube.com/user/supershorty628
          Proudly blogging for The Chronicle of the Horse!

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          • #6
            She's still growing!!! She'll grow up and out!!

            My 17-17.1hh mare just turned 8 in August. I've had her since mid-May of 2011, less than a year and a half. She easily added an inch+++ and filled out. And she didn't need any more height!

            I think you will get your inch! Maybe more!
            Born under a rock and owned by beasts!

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            • #7
              Teddy O'Connor did quite well, and I believe he was a pony!
              Born under a rock and owned by beasts!

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              • #8
                Not mine but Stroller was kind of successful and little.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by supershorty628 View Post
                  My mare is a big bodied 15.3 and change - I make her look bigger because I'm ridiculously tiny and she's pretty solid. This is one of my favorite picture couplings I have of her...

                  Walking past a fence (incidentally, the other horse in the picture is more than 2 hands bigger than Nikki!): https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphot..._5895553_n.jpg
                  Jumping said fence: https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphot..._7125945_n.jpg
                  Love your mare! You guys look great.
                  ....I also love your blue coat! Details on that lovely garment?

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                  • #10
                    Thank you! My blue coat is a JustWorld coat - I'm a rider ambassador for them and in addition to raising awareness and arranging fundraising events, a percentage of money I win goes to the organization annually.
                    http://www.youtube.com/user/supershorty628
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                    • #11
                      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.

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                      • #12
                        There is an absolutely adorable 15.2 hand TB gelding that does the AO's at the shows in our area. He looks like a mini-warmblood. His owner is short too, so I always assumed he was 16.2 until I stood next to him! He jumps with his knees to his eyeballs and seems to have no problem making the lines. As long as your mare has a big stride, there's no reason she can't be a great hunter.
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                        • #13
                          My hony was at one point a children's hunter that made it down the lines. http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m9sgpmLsc71rq47vp.jpg
                          Mendokuse

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by ako View Post
                            She's still growing!!! She'll grow up and out!!

                            My 17-17.1hh mare just turned 8 in August. I've had her since mid-May of 2011, less than a year and a half. She easily added an inch+++ and filled out. And she didn't need any more height!

                            I think you will get your inch! Maybe more!
                            I hope so. The problem is that she's been roughly this size for the past year and change (coming 3 - 4 & change). She's probably only grown about 1/2'' behind and maybe 1/4'' up front. I know she will definitely grow OUT, but I'm not so sure about UP. It is very very rare for us to have a horse this small with her breeding, so hopefully she's just a super late bloomer? That being said, if I don't see any growth over this winter, I may just throw in the towel and hope she has an easy 12' stride in spite of her petite size.

                            I mentioned her 3/4 sister being larger @ 5 (one year older), so I'm hoping for a little more from that... however, that mare's sire was a full, thick European WB stud whereas my mare's sire is said WB stallion's son, and has 1/4 TB on his damside. That may contribute to her smaller size. Her sire is a modernly built 16.1, and her dam was about the same. My mare herself string tested to about 16/16.1 when she was a yearling, but we aren't even close to that so I don't ever expect to get there.

                            Ah well, who knows. I'll keep hoping for 15.3hh... In the mean time, it's great to hear about the little guys.

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                            • #15
                              My old mare was just barely 15.1 on a tall day. Like me she was short but burly so she had the build to take up a much taller riders leg. For all I know she was a grade horse of some sort but she had a stride that was out of this world and would jump anything from anywhere. I adored her.

                              http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...ncess/jump.jpg
                              http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...s/IMG_0018.jpg
                              http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...1010071new.jpg
                              http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...10057new-1.jpg
                              http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...s/IMG_1628.jpg
                              http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...pt22011new.jpg
                              http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...cessTrot01.jpg
                              http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...incessWalk.jpg

                              Sorry...can you tell I miss her...

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                              • #16
                                The last horse I owned (in high school) was a 15.2 (being generous here!) Connemara/TB x. BEST. HORSE. EVER.

                                He was not one to ever get close to a fence and he made the horse strides. Plus, he looked basically like a giant small pony hunter, so he always got noticed.

                                Small horses are great! It's all about suitability. I'd rather see someone well-mounted on a small horse than overfaced and struggling with a large horse (because I've been both people!)


                                http://inlinethumb42.webshots.com/39...600x600Q85.jpg
                                http://inlinethumb20.webshots.com/49...600x600Q85.jpg to fully embrace your small horse, you must jump a sofa with it
                                http://inlinethumb45.webshots.com/52...600x600Q85.jpg bonus points if your small horse approaches being wider than he or she is tall
                                Last edited by vixen; Sep. 21, 2012, 02:19 PM. Reason: Edited because good lord my initial pictures were small

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by vixen View Post
                                  The last horse I owned (in high school) was a 15.2 (being generous here!) Connemara/TB x. BEST. HORSE. EVER.

                                  He was not one to ever get close to a fence and he made the horse strides. Plus, he looked basically like a giant small pony hunter, so he always got noticed.

                                  Small horses are great! It's all about suitability. I'd rather see someone well-mounted on a small horse than overfaced and struggling with a large horse (because I've been both people!)


                                  http://inlinethumb42.webshots.com/39...600x600Q85.jpg
                                  http://inlinethumb20.webshots.com/49...600x600Q85.jpg to fully embrace your small horse, you must jump a sofa with it
                                  http://inlinethumb45.webshots.com/52...600x600Q85.jpg bonus points if your small horse approaches being wider than he or she is tall
                                  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!

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by ParadoxFarm View Post
                                    My best jumper was a very nondescript bay mare who was maybe 15 or 15.1 and slight. She was a fun horse. If you can ignore my crappy form, here is a Pic. http://i740.photobucket.com/albums/x...ill_Page_1.jpg

                                    I would take another like her in a heartbeat!
                                    She reminds me of an 18 year old or so horse I used to ride 11 years ago! Maybe 15 or 15.1, narrow, and would jump anything you put in front of her. Looked just like your horse too!

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by ako View Post
                                      She's still growing!!! She'll grow up and out!!
                                      Maybe. Maybe not.

                                      My 5-yr-old warmblood mare (registered and branded Oldenburg) is 15.1hh and has been that size since she was 3. She just didn't grow. Neither parent is huge but both are around 16hh. I have a mare by the same stallion out of a 15.2hh mare that got to 16.2hh. So, it is just weird that she turned out to be a midget but she did. Just happens sometimes.

                                      You can usually tell if they look like they are going to grow or not. You could tell at 3 that my mare was about done growing. She wasn't long legged, wasn't gangly, wasn't butt high, etc. She was in proportion and just looked done, which she was.

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                                        #20
                                        Originally posted by inca View Post
                                        Maybe. Maybe not.

                                        My 5-yr-old warmblood mare (registered and branded Oldenburg) is 15.1hh and has been that size since she was 3. She just didn't grow. Neither parent is huge but both are around 16hh. I have a mare by the same stallion out of a 15.2hh mare that got to 16.2hh. So, it is just weird that she turned out to be a midget but she did. Just happens sometimes.

                                        You can usually tell if they look like they are going to grow or not. You could tell at 3 that my mare was about done growing. She wasn't long legged, wasn't gangly, wasn't butt high, etc. She was in proportion and just looked done, which she was.
                                        Yep, this is where I am now! I don't think my mare has ever had an "awkward" stage. Right now she is a bit leggy but not unproportionally so. She is still fairly narrow for her breeding so I suspect she will beef up a bit, but I'm still not convinced on the height part. Fingers crossed for another inch or so though. Last time I measured her (May), she was 1/2'' higher in behind.

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