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post #1 of 111 Old 07-16-2012, 04:32 PM Thread Starter
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Foals that are very small at birth.

Does anyone here have any experience with foals that are born very small and their future height?

How much does the size at birth affect the size the horse will have when it's done growing?

I am, of course, thinking about the size my foal will be when she grows up.

Her dam is 148-150 cm and her sire (3 years old) is about 140 cm, His dam is 148 cm and his sire is 144 cm.

My foal was 80 cm when she was born and was only weighing 22 kg. She was extremely skinny and small, born at 321 days and she was born sick.
She could stand, without any problems, under her mamas belly.

A "normal" foal with her parents should have been about 90 cm high.

She is now 8 weeks and is 95 cm at her withers and 100 cm at her butt, but she is still very, very small.


Here she was a week old.







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post #2 of 111 Old 07-16-2012, 04:48 PM
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im not quite sure how small you are looking for but my colt was 37 inches at birth, that's basically 94 CM. However his mom was only 144cm tall. He has since grown to be 14.3 hands at the moment, if I am thinking correctly that's about 145 centimeters, and he is only 2 years old. Most horses grow and fill out until their 5th or 6th year, you may not be able to ride her at 2 or 3, but give her a good while to fill out completely I am sure she will grow big enough for you to ride.


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post #3 of 111 Old 07-16-2012, 05:15 PM Thread Starter
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94 cm is pretty big coming from a 144 cm mare!

Here in sweden we have a say that a "D-ponny" (a pony that is 140-148 cm as full grown.) should not be more than 90 cm, about 35,5 inches when it is born, otherwise it will probably become too big.

80 cm is about 31,5 inches.

14.3 is 149-150 cm.

I am going to send her away to a really good dressage rider, who is very small, when she is 3 years old, so that someone in the right size will do her first training.

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post #4 of 111 Old 07-16-2012, 06:11 PM
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I have always heard, a horses legs are as long as they are going to get, at birth. Their bodies get bigger, bones get heavier, but leg bones do not get longer. That's why alot of foals look so "leggy" Is that true? Or just an old wives tale? If so, this little girl will be quite a bit shorter than mom!
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I have always heard, a horses legs are as long as they are going to get, at birth. Their bodies get bigger, bones get heavier, but leg bones do not get longer. That's why alot of foals look so "leggy" Is that true? Or just an old wives tale? If so, this little girl will be quite a bit shorter than mom!
definitely not true.
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I have absolutely nothing productive to add to this thread, except that little foal is TOO FREAKIN' CUTE! That is all. :)

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That little thing is soooo stocky. Im not sure if youll have any problems riding her when she's older. She may just surprise you.

Btw, did you pick a name yet? Because she needs one if you havent! *taps foot waiting...and waiting.........and waiting*
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post #8 of 111 Old 07-16-2012, 09:10 PM
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I was close on my inches- centimeters and hands- centimeter conversions! Yay! Lol

I think there is a test you can do at about 4-6 months old? I think. Its the string test. You measure from the ground up to the dimple in the knee. If it measures 14.3 inches then the horse will grow to be 14.3 hands tall. I think that's how you do it. Hopefully someone more sure of themselves will come and confirm it.


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definately not true.
I've always heard it's 80-90%.
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I'm not sure if I know an answer to your question but I will tell you that Dragon, my Friesian/Saddlebred cross was born here and he was small at birth. Now he is 17 hands tall so I don't think being small at birth affected him!
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