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post #1 of 8 Old 06-27-2012, 03:05 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation How big will he be?

Hiya, My mare has recently had a foal, we bought her pregnant so we don't know anything about the dad, was just woundering if anybody might have any estimates on how big he will grow to be?
His mum is only 15hh and s Conemara X
He is now 6 weeks old, and these pictures were taken today, and i measured him last week and he was 12hh...
Any ideas, i appreciate its hard without details on the dad so i'm only looking for a rough estimate...















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post #2 of 8 Old 06-27-2012, 03:39 PM
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i'm gonna say about 15-16 Hands....
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post #3 of 8 Old 06-27-2012, 04:04 PM
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String test A:
Measuring the coronet band to the center of the knee on the foreleg.
If it reads 12 3/4 inches, she would get to be 12 3/4 hands tall.
14 1/2 inches = 14 1/2 hands
And so on...

String test B:
You measure the horse from the point of the ergot to the point of the elbow.

You take that measurement and (keeping your hand on the elbow) circle your other hand up (like a compass) extending UP beyond the withers.

How high it reaches is how tall the horse will be, except:
If the horse is still a weanling, add 2 inches to that height,
and if it's a yearling add one inch.

Method C:
To estimate height use a calculator, and the formula is: birth height in inches divided by .6356, (this would be divided by 4 to get the hands.)

Convert the decimals as follows:
__.00 = 0/4 = __:0hh
__.25 = 1/4 = __:1hh
__.50 = 1/2 = __:2hh
__.75 = 3/4 = __:3hh
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post #4 of 8 Old 06-27-2012, 04:46 PM
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I'm trying these today on my foal.

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post #5 of 8 Old 06-27-2012, 05:04 PM
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I think string test A is fairly accurate. The jury is still out, but the string test put my foal at 16.1 hands as a foal and now he is almost 2 years old and is 15.1-15.2. So he may still grow a few more inches.

String test B I didn't have much luck with because I never knew if the point of the elbow was the wrinkly area that looks like their elbow, or the actual point of the elbow if you move the leg. I find they differ by a couple of inches.

I have never heard of the 3rd test but I didn't measure my foal at birth so I can't try it out. Bummer!

PS. What a big beautiful baby!
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post #6 of 8 Old 06-28-2012, 12:13 PM Thread Starter
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aww thanks trailhorserider! and Claudia D gonna try them methods, so for C, if he was 44 inches at birth, then i divide that by 0.6356, then what do i do after that though? do i just divide that by 4? :)
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Tried test A and B out today and got slightly different results :)
Test A put him at 16hh but Test B put him at 15.2hh so i'm guessing inbetween those two haven't tried the last one though :)
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post #8 of 8 Old 06-28-2012, 03:29 PM
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I think string test A is fairly accurate. The jury is still out, but the string test put my foal at 16.1 hands as a foal and now he is almost 2 years old and is 15.1-15.2. So he may still grow a few more inches.

String test B I didn't have much luck with because I never knew if the point of the elbow was the wrinkly area that looks like their elbow, or the actual point of the elbow if you move the leg. I find they differ by a couple of inches.

I have never heard of the 3rd test but I didn't measure my foal at birth so I can't try it out. Bummer!

PS. What a big beautiful baby!

I agree trailhorse! I did String Test A as well, put my horse at about 15.2-15.3, and he is about 14.2-14.3 right now at 27months old, so we will see. Ive done String Test B before, but never measured what it came out to so.
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