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post #1 of 10 Old 12-03-2009, 08:03 AM Thread Starter
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estimating the mature height of a Welsh/American Warmblood colt

I'm looking at an 8 month old Welsh/American Warmblood that is currently 12.3 hands. His parents are 13.3 and 15.2. What would you estimate his adult height to be?
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post #2 of 10 Old 12-03-2009, 08:21 AM
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Just what breeding is involved in this "american warmblood".......draft?
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post #3 of 10 Old 12-03-2009, 09:44 AM Thread Starter
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I'm not as sure of the American Warmblood's breeding as the Welsh side. According to her owner, her papers are very vague and only go back one generation. She definitely doesn't look drafty. She actually looks a lot like my Paint but with a better, more uphill conformation.
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post #4 of 10 Old 12-03-2009, 10:06 AM
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I don't think you will get anything large or even on the bigger side.

At 12.3 at 8 months you may be looking at pony size or just a shade over that. Without looking at any pictures you will be very lucky to make it to 15 hh.
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I actually wanted pony size; so that's perfect. I was afraid he would be bigger than I wanted.
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post #6 of 10 Old 12-03-2009, 10:56 AM
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oh my gosh im so mad at myself !! there is a test you can do with a string to see how tall your baby is gonna be, but i cant quite remember it !

i think you take a string & measure from the ground to the back of the knee. then you take that length & hold it on the elbow, then up over the withers & however high over the withers it is is how tall your horse is gonna be

I THINK haha


i hope you get a pony ! a horse i ride was supposed to be a pony [hanoXgerman sport pony] sire was 14.2hh & dam was 15hh. hes now 15.3hh at 6yo...freak of nature i think ! lol

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I've used the string method before and it seems pretty accurate - at least within reason. I found these pictures and description, hope it helps:

Take a string and stretch it from the point of the elbow down to the fetlock. Now that you've got the distance, keep your hand on where the fetlock measurement is (leave the other end on the point of elbow) and bring the string up to the withers. That's about where your horse should mature to.




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post #8 of 10 Old 12-03-2009, 12:44 PM
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Difficult guess

Hard to tell. He's 14hh now...hmmm it's hard to tell. it's possible you could get the 15hands or a bit higher but its hard to tell. I know of coulple warmbloods that were supposed to grow out to be over 17hh but neither did make it to the 16hh (well the one barely made it with probably shoes and a long toe).

Hard to say.

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post #9 of 10 Old 12-03-2009, 12:54 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the info. I'll have to do the string test on my next visit. I forgot to do it before.
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post #10 of 10 Old 12-03-2009, 11:34 PM
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I've heard of the string test and did it when my gelding was 2 yrs. old but forget whether it worked or not. What did work was taking a tape measurer and measuring in inches from the dent in the front of the knee to the coronet band. That in inches is supposed to be how many hands they will end up, so for example, my colt measured 18" and ended up about 18 hands. Goodluck :)

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