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        10-16-2008, 01:21 PM
    Originally Posted by Solon    
    The string test doesn't work on most drafts. It had my horse shrinking.
    wow I wonder why???? Well see I have only owned paints. I have never had the pleasure of owning a draft breed. Glad to know when I do get one. Sorry I tried.
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        10-16-2008, 01:31 PM
    Green Broke
    Good suggestion, I wish it would have worked. I'd have been prepared that my draft was going to get 18 hands!

    We tried on several drafts that were 1-3 years old and they wouldn't work either and a couple had them shorter than the 16 hands they were. Weird.
        10-19-2008, 02:54 PM
    Wow he is big! I would also like to see updated pics. What are you going to use him for?

    I would love to rescue/adopt a PMU baby but my BO said that its not worth it because they are poorly bred. That since the people only breed for the pee they don't care about the quality of the horse/foal... Is that true?
        10-20-2008, 08:47 PM
    I would say that at some ranches horses are bred carelessly but many of the ranchers have discovered that they make more money on well bred horses, especially the "sporthorse" type so you can actually get some papered horses from the ranches. I've seen purebred drafts, QH, appys, etc. My colt turned out very nicely for a Heinz 57 of sorts, draft cross. The string test worked on him when he was around 2 yrs. Old, predicted 18 hds and he is almost there at 4 yrs. Old. I've also heard you can take a string and measure from the pastern joint to their elbow, then keep the string at the elbow and lift up the end from the pastern joint to their wither area. Whatever is above their withers is supposed to be how tall they will be.
        10-26-2008, 01:34 PM
    Originally Posted by Solon    
    The string test doesn't work on most drafts. It had my horse shrinking.
    shrink? That's no good! There is really no way to know with those buggers. I would just expect a fairly sized horse
        11-05-2008, 09:54 PM
    So do we have updates on this baby?
        11-27-2008, 02:10 PM
    Wow that is a big baby He's going to be huge!
        11-29-2008, 03:50 PM
    I"ve also always used the string (from knee down) and it's been pretty right on every time.!
        12-28-2008, 09:21 PM
    I'm sorry I haven't posted updates. I figured they were worthless without some pics
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        12-28-2008, 09:29 PM
    Left to right- on first picture- China, Sterling and Peanut.

    I wormed them again today. Peanut weighs approx 800 lbs, tapes at 15.1ish, he's wearing a regular horse sized halter. He was real sick last month with a cold that started to develop into pnemonia so he looks a little skinny (and he hates his weight gain). When we feed him, he kicks his bucket to knock it all to the bottom.

    He has the best personality. The babies have even helped with the mares.

    It brought tears to my eyes last month. Peanut was playing in the water hose while I was filling up the troughs, and Gypsy (his momma) came over and started playing too. They've come so far, after such a rough life.

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