Hi, I'm new here. I've been riding for about 4 years, give or take. 1 Western, and the last 3 years I've been riding English, jumping and dressage (no hunter). I have a 14.3 mare, and I'm looking to buy a new horse. This is where my problems arise. My mom and I are both stumped on what height of horse to be looking for. I am 5'8" and rapidly growing...at the beginning of July I was growing a cm. or 2 every three or four nights. When I take my feet out of the stirrups, my legs hang below my mare's belly. I have very long legs, and a shorter body, which makes it harder to find a horse, since I need one with a bigger barrel to make my legs look not so long. I'm only 13, so tall for my age, and obviously won't stop growing for a couple of years yet. My dad has lots of height in his family, and my mom has some height in her family as well. The girl who I ride with recently bought a 17h TB gelding, and she is about 1.5 inches shorter than I am. She looks like a perfect size for him. But I am still a beginner...not completely, somewhere between intermediate-advanced beginner, and I need a gentle, calm horse. We're not sure if over 17 hands is a good size for me, simply because of the powerful ness of them, and the fact that I'm just coming off a pony. What would you guys suggest size-wise? Thanks so much! Haley.