As a long time hunter rider, I was all about style and size.
My old gelding was close to 17 hands.
Which was a looong way to the ground.
I’ve found it pretty easy to give up the size.
Especially now that I’m, *ahem*… older.
And have less income to devote to the maintenance of an animal.
But they just do it smaller.
And it hurts a whole lot less when they step on your foot.
And seem, in general, less prone to common horse-y ailments.
And are really very hardy little creatures.
And, when you’ve got your own acreage, they’re much less expensive to keep than one might expect.
And so far, the kiddos are pretty darn happy with these arrangements.
And mama? Is very, very happy.
P.S. Quick lesson for those who aren’t horse-folk:
Horse = full grown equine, larger than 14.2 hands
Pony = full grown equine, 14.2 hands and smaller
Hand = 4 inches
Foal = baby horse or pony
Colt = boy baby horse or pony
Filly = girl baby horse or pony
Mare = adult female horse or pony
Gelding = adult male horse or pony who has lost his baby-making parts
Stallion = same as above, but with baby-making parts
Test coming later.