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How tall do you think my draft cross will be?

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        12-21-2012, 02:50 AM
      #21
    Green Broke
    My full Percheron had a last growth spurt when he turned 7. It was pretty crazy. He finally topped out at 18 hands. Those string test never worked on him though.

    And his full brother stayed at 16 hands which we thought was weird.
         
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        12-21-2012, 02:31 PM
      #22
    Showing
    I've done three different string tests on Aires and gotten anywhere from 16.3-17.1hh. He will be 4 in May and is a percheron/paint cross. His paint sire was 15.1hh (Aires was taller than him at 2). His Percheron dam was right around 17hh. Aires is about 16.1hh right now.
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        12-21-2012, 04:40 PM
      #23
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum    
    I've done three different string tests on Aires and gotten anywhere from 16.3-17.1hh. He will be 4 in May and is a percheron/paint cross. His paint sire was 15.1hh (Aires was taller than him at 2). His Percheron dam was right around 17hh. Aires is about 16.1hh right now.
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    You need patience with a Heavy Horse. They finish growing when THEY decide usually at around 6 or 7 +/- You genuinely can't tell how big they will grow. My Clydesdale is 5 and he is already 18.1.hh I recoiled in horror at Solon teling us his Heavy put on another growth spurt at 7 (EEEEEEK). My baby Clydesdale is 18 months and 16.1 hh at the withers and 16.3 hh at the bum. OMG....I already have to use step ladders to get on my 5 year old and have to abseil to get off. I'm 5 feet 4 inches tall. LOL Tell you what though, you could offer me a million pounds each for my boys and I wouldn't take a penny. They are part of me and I love them to the end of time!
         
        12-21-2012, 05:37 PM
      #24
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    Originally Posted by Bluebird    
    You need patience with a Heavy Horse. They finish growing when THEY decide usually at around 6 or 7 +/- You genuinely can't tell how big they will grow. My Clydesdale is 5 and he is already 18.1.hh I recoiled in horror at Solon teling us his Heavy put on another growth spurt at 7 (EEEEEEK). My baby Clydesdale is 18 months and 16.1 hh at the withers and 16.3 hh at the bum. OMG....I already have to use step ladders to get on my 5 year old and have to abseil to get off. I'm 5 feet 4 inches tall. LOL Tell you what though, you could offer me a million pounds each for my boys and I wouldn't take a penny. They are part of me and I love them to the end of time!
    My best friend and I have a bet going on how tall Aires will be. I say at least 17hh. She doesn't think he'll top 16.2hh. Watch, with my luck he'll end up right in the middle at 16.3hh. Lol.
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        12-21-2012, 07:04 PM
      #25
    Foal
    I don't know... my cross is 15.3 and he's only 8 months old...

    I keep telling myself that he's like I was; that he'll grow early and then stop growing. I was 6'2" when I was 12yrs old and have only grown 1" since. We'll see at time goes on I guess...
         
        12-21-2012, 08:23 PM
      #26
    Green Broke
    I know! I about pooped my pants! By that time I was already using the 55 gallon drum as my mounting block!!
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        12-28-2012, 08:50 PM
      #27
    Foal
    I know it's a long waiting game but I'm always so anxious and excited haha. It's been amazing watching her grow since she was 8 months old. It's just weird how she was growing like a weed for the longest time and now for the past year or so she has stopped.
    I should try teaching her to stand square - that should make it easier to get a good measurement on her. She'll stand as she wants and I feel like it isn't totally accurate. My friend from a looong time ago taught his horse to stand square with just a jiggle of the lead rope. It was so cool haha.
    There's that tiny part of me that's jealous when I hear about everyone's draft crosses being like 15.3 or so at 2+ years old and here callie is 3 and only 15.1-ish lol. I'm just super duper eager :)
         

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