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post #1 of 13 Old 10-19-2010, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
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String Tested Rumour today...

Rumour's going to be 6 months on the 25th, so I figured it would be acurrate enough if I did the test today.
So I've been hoping she is going to be at least 15.2 hands, so she is taller than Sonya.

Weeelllllll, according to the string test, she's going to be just under 17 hh!!

I am so happy about this! I've been hoping she was going to be tall since before she was born!

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post #2 of 13 Old 10-19-2010, 09:25 PM
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I love the tall ones. Just curious. How accurate is the string test? My friend just did it on her yearling.

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post #3 of 13 Old 10-19-2010, 09:25 PM
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I've heard of the string test, but how does it work?

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post #4 of 13 Old 10-19-2010, 09:34 PM
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I did that to my mare when she was younger and it was only an inch off.
You measure from mid-knee to the coronet band. For example, if it was 15.3 inches that would equal 15.3 hands.

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post #5 of 13 Old 10-19-2010, 09:40 PM
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And you do it at six months?

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post #6 of 13 Old 10-19-2010, 09:47 PM
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I'm not exactly sure, I did it at one year old, when I first bought her.

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post #7 of 13 Old 10-19-2010, 09:53 PM
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I've measured Lyric as a weanling and as a yearling that way and it's (so far) stayed consistant. Just waiting to see what the next couple of years bring for her. :)

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post #8 of 13 Old 10-20-2010, 01:25 PM
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The string test is based on the idea that for the average horse, they are born with 90% of their cannon already at adult growth, and they reach 100% at somewhere between 6 months and 2 years old. This is why the string test CAN be accurate, but a lot of people find it's not. All horses mature differently, so it can provide a rough estimate.

Typically by about 2 years old, a string test will give you an accurate reading of final mature height.

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post #9 of 13 Old 10-21-2010, 01:48 PM
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My fillly will be 6mo on the 25th too! I string tested her last week, and OMG. 17.1h is what it calculated too. I sure hope it's right, that's one of the things we bred for. Her dam is 15.3 and her sire (It's All About Blue) is 17.1h.
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post #10 of 13 Old 10-22-2010, 01:45 AM
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It worked with my draft cross although I did it when he was 2. He measured 18 inches and he's now 6 and 18 hds! Gotta measure my new filly. She has legs that go on forever. She's almost 2 1/2 and about 16 hds at the withers, higher at her rear.....

Sounds like Rumour is going to be a tall girl too :)

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