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Rider vs. Horse size

Hello all! Let me preface this by saying as a newbie to endurance, ridecamp has been amazingly educational! I am currently looking for an endurance horse and have my eye on one in particular. However my question is this: I am 5'9" and 200lbs, am on a diet (but aren't we all) the Arab I'm looking at, was bred for endurance, is of average bone and is about 14.3 (tops) His owner says he should grow some more. He's almost 5 years old. What do you all think? My background is in hunter/jumpers, therefore anything under 15.3 is too small for me but that is aesthetically-speaking. At this point I don't know if I am ever planning on doing 100s but definitely want to try LDs and maybe someday a 50. On the other hand, I've read a lot of ya'lls stories and seems as if a lot of you started out saying the same thing as me.
BTW, I am also the one who asked about volunteering etiquette awhile back. I did volunteer at the Osceola ride and learned more about horse care in 2 days then I have learned in the past 10 years. Truly an awesome experience!

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