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post #11 of 26 Old 01-24-2011, 12:46 PM
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LOL... Riley is the tallest horse I've ever owned. He's in a barn full of shortys!

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post #12 of 26 Old 01-24-2011, 01:13 PM
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Trailhorserider, you know I have never thought to try the string test on any of my adult horses. That would be an interesting test. I'll do that.

I have been keeping record of Finn and Fiona's heights as they have grown. I string tested Finn at 6 months initially, and Fiona at about 3 months initially (and have several times since with both - the numbers have remained constant.) Fiona has been consistently 3 inches taller than Finn was at the same age, throughout all the measurements since her birth - but Freyja was also malnourished when I got her, and was likely malnourished throughout her pregnancy with Finn (he was also subsequently weaned at 4 months) - an obstacle she didn't face while carrying and raising Fiona (and Fiona wasn't weaned completely until nearly 8 months).

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It's not so uncommon for a foal to be taller than either of his parents. The best example I can think of is a pair of Appaloosa's that my Dad showed back in the '70s. The mare and stud were both just barely over 14 hands and of 5 foals that they had, 4 were about the same height. Then Devilweed was born and he matured to about 16 hands. So, yep, 16.2 is dang sure possible.

I can't attest to the accuracy of the string test yet. Rafe is supposed to mature to 17 flat and he is standing just short of 16 now at 18 months so......

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You guys are seriously scaring me! Dancer is 15HH and Scooter is 16HH and a bit. Rain string tested at 16:2, and she was only four months old! Does that mean she's going to be a monster?

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I just measured my colt today. He is 12.3 at 6 months of age.
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You have to remember that height is a trait that isn't one or the other, it's a spectrum of possibilities. Since height is determined by multiple genes it really is a toss up. Obviously a smaller horse will have more "short genes" (just like people) and a taller horse has more "tall genes" but that's not to say that a smaller horse has some "tall genes" in there somewhere, and if paired with a taller horse that's why you'd end up with something usually in between the parents' heights, but it's not unlikely to have a horse with two parents of the same size and still outgrow them both if it happened to get all the "tall genes" from both parents.

I don't really know how to describe it other than that, lol.

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lots of foals get taller than there parents. There are generations of horses that a foal can take after. Crickets sire was only 15.1h and her dam was 15.3h and she ended up being 16.2 hands and 1350lbs. I have no idea how acurate a string test it. I tried it on duchess once (she was 6 or 7yrs old, fully grown) and it said she should have been 16.1h.... she is only 15.3h.

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You guys really aren't making me feel any better LOL! Holy cats! If Rain really does get that big, what am I going to do with her? O-o

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You guys really aren't making me feel any better LOL! Holy cats! If Rain really does get that big, what am I going to do with her? O-o
Well, I'm kind of looking forward to a larger horse for a change. My main riding horse is only 14.2/14.3!

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You guys really aren't making me feel any better LOL! Holy cats! If Rain really does get that big, what am I going to do with her? O-o
You can send her to me, of course!!!

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