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Old 10-24-2007, 08:49 PM  
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Calculating Height

I believe I heard before there is a way to calculate how tall a horse will be? How do you do this and is it accurate?
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Horses are measured in hands. A hand is 4 inches.
Starting at the highest point of the withers down to the bottom of the front hoof, ground that is. Using a tape measure with a hight adjuster type that is solid and straight coming from the withers. Cant take the tape measure and lay over on the withers, has to stay straight up.

And yes, it is accurate.

14., 14.1, 14.2, 14.3, 15., 15.1, 15.2, 15.3.

That is how it goes.
60 inches is 15 hands.

There is no 14.4, 14.5, 15.4, 15.5, etc., etc.

http://www.cowboyway.com/HowTo/HorseHeight.htm
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Check out my site below I have a page dedicated to growth prediction.
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If your looking at finding how tall your horse may grow to be... You can try the string test.... measure from the center of the knee to the ground (I think) and how ever many inches is how tall in hands he should get... Not sure if it's accurate or not.. Heard oppions of both...
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Do you mean calculating what a horses mature height will be?
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Check out my site below I have a page dedicated to growth prediction.
I couldn't find it....
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Oh gotcha.

Take a string to the point of the shoulder and the other end to the center of the knee, rotate over the center of the withers.
How many inches above the withers, the horse should be that tall.

Have done this on my already grown horses and 100% accurate.
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Old 10-24-2007, 10:14 PM  
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Its under my mare and foal page called growth prediction
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Oh gothca.

Take a string to the point of the shoulder and the other end to the center of the knee, rotate over the center of the withers.
How many inches above the withers, the horse should be that tall.

Have done this on my already grown horses and 100% accurate.
This way is a little hard for me since I am always by myself and I want to know how many hands it ends up being so I want to measure where the string ends....impossible to do by myself.

This is what has worked several, several times for us - and I can do it by myself....on a front leg measure from the front center of the knee (if it is a young horse feel for the gap in the knee) to the hair line at the hoof (where the hair meets the top of the hoof). A small thin tape measure works the best or a sewing measuring tape since they are more flexible. Go straight down from the knee to the hairline...do not follow the contour of the leg. However many inches it measure that is how many hands that horse will be at maturity.
Example: 14 1/4 inches will be 14.1 hands, 15 3/4 inches will be 15.3 hands. It will work on any horse as long as they are atleast a couple of weeks old and their legs are straightened out.
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hmmm.. I never realized there were different versions of the "string test". I always heard ..measure point of elbow to ergot and then point of elbow up and that gives you mature height. I never really rely on it though, but it seems pretty accurate for Willy.
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Katie Mae recently suggested to measure from the center of the knee to the coronet band, and I measured my baby, then did all of my adult horses to see how accurate it was, and it was accurate!
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Katie Mae recently suggested to measure from the center of the knee to the coronet band, and I measured my baby, then did all of my adult horses to see how accurate it was, and it was accurate!

Yes, this is a pretty accurate way to predict height... It may be an inch off, but still. You get the general expectation. According to the measuring tape, Hailey should be 16.1-16.2
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Check out my site below I have a page dedicated to growth prediction.
Where is it?
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Oh gothca.

Take a string to the point of the shoulder and the other end to the center of the knee, rotate over the center of the withers.
How many inches above the withers, the horse should be that tall.

Have done this on my already grown horses and 100% accurate.
I thought it was from the elbow down to the ergot and then flip it up from the elbow over the wither and that will tell you how much taller they will be?
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I use the knee to the corenet band test my self and have had four babies now 2 two year olds and so far they are very accurate. I measure all my adults and all but two where right on the two that were off were off by at least a full hand. I'm very certain that both of these adults where starved and lack of excersie when they were growing.
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I thought it was from the elbow down to the ergot and then flip it up from the elbow over the wither and that will tell you how much taller they will be?
No, center of the knee. No wonder some horses are measured to be tall ones.

Either one that works for you. True tests, is when they are finished growing.
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Yeah I did the center of the knee to the coronet band on my baby and it says she will be about 17.1 when full grown I knew she would be big but wow will i need a ladder to get on her
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Ohh this is exciting! I cant wait to measure Classy!! by the time I measure her she will be approx. 7-8 months old
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Old 10-25-2007, 11:12 AM  
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Oh gotcha.

Take a string to the point of the shoulder and the other end to the center of the knee, rotate over the center of the withers.
How many inches above the withers, the horse should be that tall.

Have done this on my already grown horses and 100% accurate.
Never heard of your method but it sounds like a better way to get a visual of future heigth. I think I'm going to try it on my new horse. She's still young enough to have more growning to do yet. Your method also sounds like it will work on horses of any age where my method is for young horses. We always measure from coronet band to center of knee. then convert 1"now equals 1 hh at maturity. and 1/4" now equals 1" at maturity. I have seen this proven time and again. The most I have ever seen it miss by was 2". This method is for horses who are less than 1 yr old.


ETA: After reading some of your posts I find that maybe my knee to coronet measure will work on older horses also? I have only ever used it on horses under 1 year, so I didn't want to say it's accurate beyond that point. I thought their bones grew as they aged?
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David -

We used this way of measuring on my daughter's pony when she was a 2 year old. We needed a pony that would stay under 54 inches (that used to be our max. pony height at the shows in our area - now it's 56") The pony was pretty expensive and we hated to pay that much for a pony that would get too big. She measured out to be 53 3/4 inches tall according to her leg. We gambled and went ahead and bought her and sure enough she is 10 now and she is just a bit under 54 inches tall.
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