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post #1 of 2 Old 12-14-2010, 09:57 AM Thread Starter
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Friesian growth question

I have a sport horse which is coming 4. A few people have told me about a year ago they didn't think she was going to grow much more because of the length of her cannon bone. She really hasn't grown much this last yr but all of the sudden she seems to be sprouting up. I am getting a custom cart ordered so her size is somewhat important. Does cannon bone length give any indication of hiegth? I understand they grow for a few more years just trying to get an idea if I should ignore the cannon rule as they may grow differently than other breeds. She has always been filled out and mature looking not gangly like some when they are growing.
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post #2 of 2 Old 12-14-2010, 10:02 AM
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I don't think the cannon bone measurement (string test) is terribly reliable. I know in my two draft cross foals, the height it would estimate they mature to is extremely unlikely in regards to where I honestly believe they will finish at. (IE String test places Finn at maturity at 18.2 hh and Fiona at 19.1 hh. Sire of both is 18.2 and dam is 15.3hh. I honestly think they will both finish around 17-17.2 hh.) While at 4 your horse may continue to mature in height a bit, I don't think you will see too much major growth in height at this point. I think it would be safe to order your cart with a little wiggle room for some added height - I doubt he would grow enough to completely outgrow the cart from here out.

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