Posted 2019-01-10 9:32 AM (#7418628 - in reply to #7418624) Subject: RE: How small is too small in your eyes?
Location: South Georgia
Personal preference, I suppose. I like my horses BIG...at least 15.3. But then you see people that like tiny horses and they do well. Fallon Taylor comes to mind. Just depends. I would personally pass, but others may not.
I am also 5'5" and weigh anywhere from 160-185 LOL Big horses make me feel secure and skinny.
Posted 2019-01-10 10:03 AM (#7418631 - in reply to #7418630) Subject: RE: How small is too small in your eyes?
Ms Bling Bling Sleeze Kitty
Location: LouLouVille, OK
King&I - 2019-01-10 9:35 AM It's the size of their heart that matters! My mare is all of 14 hands & she can run in the 1d with the best of them. Give her a chance & good luck!
Some of the greats were not even 15 hands... Hawk and Stingray were both I believe 14.2 if Hawk was even that. I wouldn't worry about height much if they are built for the job that doesn't mean anything... Had a mare years ago that was 14.1 and built and she would go to her belly to pull a cow in... her heart was as big as her...
Posted 2019-01-10 10:04 AM (#7418632 - in reply to #7418624) Subject: RE: How small is too small in your eyes?
I don't like small horses, but I'm a larger frame person and am just too heavy for one that small. I won't allow myself to be over the 20% weight limit, including my saddle. I think as long as you're not like 6ft tall, 220lbs you're fine. She's cutter sized now if she is 14h and she should level out with her hip still, she's just barely 3. I've always had them keep growing until 5/6. My now 5 year old was 2 inches downhill for an entire year (from 3.4-4.5 years old) and now she's just under 1" downhill at 5. You could try doing the string test on your filly to see what it says, I've always had it be within an inch of what they ended up. Some are slow growers anyway. I've known one to go from 13.2 at 3 years old and ended up 16.1 by the time he was 6. His 5 year old year he was 15.2. All his siblings grow similarly, the one I had was 13.3 when he was 2, I don't have him anymore so idk what he is now at 4 years old. But I think you'll be fine with your filly
Posted 2019-01-10 10:10 AM (#7418633 - in reply to #7418624) Subject: RE: How small is too small in your eyes?
It really comes down to their stride. I had a 14.2 hand mare that while she was an awesome little turning machine the run home took forever!! I have a niece that has a mare that might make 14.1 with long feet and standing on a rock. and that mare can clock. Her feet just reach out and cover some ground.
Posted 2019-01-10 10:44 AM (#7418641 - in reply to #7418624) Subject: RE: How small is too small in your eyes?
Location: Peg-Leg Julia Grimm
It depends on how heavy and how good of a rider she will have. Little horses have less mass to handle a bad or heavy rider. I know there are many, many smallish horses that are REALLY good horses. But most of the time the rider is small. HOWEVER Ryan Lovendal (sp?) did fabulous with Blazin Jetolena and he's an average size man and the horse wasn't real big. So heart and the rider staying balanced comes into it as well.
Posted 2019-01-10 2:35 PM (#7418674 - in reply to #7418624) Subject: RE: How small is too small in your eyes?
This thread has made my heart so happy. We bought two young mares this summer, sight unseen. Both have golden old foundation cutting horse pedigrees. Lines I've been searching for since I was a teenager. We were told they were 14-14.2, got them home, one is maybe 13.2 and the other 14 on tip toes. Gorgeous, well built, athletic mares, but they came from a semi-neglect type situation. I don't think that they have had a grocery in their life. We are starting them on alfalfa this week and bringing them on slowly as far as starting under saddle goes. I love a shorty, but these girls are small even for me. Hearing shorty success stories has really brightened my day! Thaks OP and BHW!
Posted 2019-01-10 2:55 PM (#7418680 - in reply to #7418624) Subject: RE: How small is too small in your eyes?
Agree with everyone else on here! I believe it's all personal preference, and the individual horse. I am 4'10" and 100lb...but I prefer my horses over 16 hands. I had a very small mare...She was MAYBE 14h with shoes on...and she was a monster in the barrel pen. But I just didn't like sitting on a horse that small. I would rather enjoy my ride on a bigger horse =] I think it all comes down to what you're comfortable with! I don't think that's too small, and she should still have more growing to do <3
Posted 2019-01-10 4:07 PM (#7418696 - in reply to #7418624) Subject: RE: How small is too small in your eyes?
Location: North Central Iowa
I bought a 4 year old Frenchmans Guy gelding and honestly he looked like a pony. He was in need of groceries for sure. When I got him home I really wondered why I bought him, but his papers were to die for. He is 9 years old now and is 15.3 and a powerhouse of a horse.
Posted 2019-01-10 5:01 PM (#7418700 - in reply to #7418624) Subject: RE: How small is too small in your eyes?
Thank you for all these encouraging words!
When I went to look at her in the spring I thought she just turned two she will fill out and grow, then I brought her home and next to my coming two year old lol they are the same height and bone structure wise (but my coming two year old is a thick sucker)
but shes really filling out now, shes on free choice second cut alfalfa and gets her hemp/pellets every night.
she has the sweetest personality and her hocks are set nice a low like I like them.
I was able to see her dam and shes stocky, around 15hh and about as wide as she is tall.
Posted 2019-01-10 8:43 PM (#7418720 - in reply to #7418624) Subject: RE: How small is too small in your eyes?
BHW Resident Surgeon
Location: Bastrop, Texas
Small horses....like Baby Flo, Sting Ray, Hot Shot, Hawk, Talent’s Dark Angel, and even Bozo and Louie? You mean like those kinds of horses?
It seems to me, in the grand scheme of things, taller horses are a little overrated.
Posted 2019-01-11 7:51 AM (#7418733 - in reply to #7418624) Subject: RE: How small is too small in your eyes?
Bear took the words right off my keyboard! I have to add Red Mans Bay, GK Clear Money, and Tejaretta to that list. If you physically fit the mares size, I wouldn't back off a second. I can think of soooooooooooo many good small horses that would outrun you any day of the week. I sold one because he would drag my foot in the dirt turning - but paired with a smaller friend of mine - he won enough to pay off their house. Besides - do you know what a grandparent will pay for a good small horse for a kid??? I've seen some stupid pony prices.