How to tell mature size of Foal?

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    08-06-2013, 12:27 AM
How to tell mature size of Foal?

I've got an 8 month old colt here and I'm trying to find out how big he'll be.

His mum was about 14.1hh.
His Dad is unknown.

Mum is a young wild mare mustered pregnant, foaled at 2 1/2 yo.

His dad is unknown, but I always thought he was probably similar to the height of his mum as they would likely have been a family group and related. Also I'd heard that the size is more inherited from the mum.

I thought that he'd be somewhere around 14hh like his mum.

I've heard of the method of measuring the distance from mid-knee to coronet and expanding to hands ... 14 inches being 14 hh at maturity etc.

I tried this on him, and came up with an apparent 12.2hh!!

Gosh what ... that's not a lot of use to me .... a pack pony might be handy but I wanted to ride him! If he's that size I'd squash the poor wee mite!

Has anyone got any other ideas to estimate his size? And is that figure likely to be accurate?

I don't understand how he could turn out so small ... that would be like the very smallest the horses in that area come as and then some ... the dad must have been a mini with a step ladder to get that out of Chev!
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    08-06-2013, 03:36 AM
On heck! Well that's the one I've always gone off. Was he poorly started? How tall is he now? Also, photos!
    08-06-2013, 10:13 AM
Did you follow the contour of the leg or go straight down? You need to follow the leg.
    08-06-2013, 10:52 AM
There are 2 ways I know to try to guess height. I don't know that one is more accurate than the other.

Measure elbow to ergot/fetlock with a string. Then "flip" the string, rotating from the elbow and raising the bottom part of the string up, vertical and taut, aligned with the wither. This is the final horse height.
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    08-06-2013, 05:40 PM
I followed the contour as much as possible ... and no I thought he got off to a pretty good start he grew like a mushroom ... still is although obviously not as fast at this later stage.

Ok that second method though shows him as about 14.2 ... which is much better!!

Funny thing, very different results ... maybe he just has unusually short cannons ... but by 2 inches!!?

Perhaps will get a more accurate idea as he gets older.

Thanks for that, that method came up with a much more positive result ... to my relief!
    08-06-2013, 05:46 PM
Interestingly, I got reverse results with those two methods. The first method you used measured my (then) 2yo draft cross gelding maturing at around 16.2-16.3hh. Using the second method you used, I got a mature height of around 17.2hh. For reference, his sire was 15.1hh and his dam was 17.1hh. As a 4yo, my gelding is sitting around 16.1hh.
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