Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Orange County, NC
I would be interested in how the chart compares to folks' experiences.
For many years people had told me that you should expect a foal to mature to within 1-2 inches of their parents, but in my experience measuring the foal every 3 months and looking at the chart has been more accurate, e.g. our mare, Cinnamon, who is about 14.3hh has a full sister (that was a much taller foal) that is about 16.0hh...that's a fairly large difference for full siblings.
I've also noticed that the chart seems to be much more consistent in the height estimate than the weight. Cinnamon, who is off a line in which all the siblings were slow to physically mature matched the height in the chart very well, but probably won't fully fill out weight-wise until next year (8 years old). On the other hand, our mare Lady (the "tank", halter build, Impressive line), also matched the height in the chart well, but reached her final weight of around 1100 lbs when she was only 3 years old (she was a BIG baby and her half sister was the same).
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