I’ve noticed that people have become increasingly fixated on tall horses. Many of the people I know won’t even go look at a horse under 16.2, especially a horse intended to jump, and I have no idea why. Especially when the people in question are my height (5’5") or shorter.
I’ve known 14.1 ponies who can jump 4’6" or higher, and my 15.2 TB mare appears capable of jumping the moon. And in my opinion, you look cooler going over mammoth jumps on an itty bitty horse
I also know that the average Thoroughbred used to be a lot smaller, and that enormous horses often have more health issues. Why the drive for everything to be 17 hands?
Admittedly, some of my big-horse-prejudice is driven by my incredibly terrible joints and the fact that dismounting from 16.2 (especially involuntarily) huuuurts.[/QUOTE]
I agree with you. I think a 5’2 person riding on a 17 hand horse looks ridiculous. “Suitability”?
If you posted this in Hunter/Jumper, people who show are going to have different input on the average non-showing rider.
However, with an emphasis on “lines” and “strides”, a larger horse can “generally” make it down the lines without the ammy owner putting in much effort or thought. I mean, god forbid.
Additionally, larger horses will look like they are loping to the jumps, where a smaller horse will look faster. Though I have seen some big horses with smaller strides and still see people missing. A big horse still won’t find your spots if you can’t see them.
I have a 15’3 mare who jumps 4 foot and makes the distance with ease. She still looks “faster” than the giant warmbloods at a show. But she can keep up with the hounds and has stamina, to boot.