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post #1 of 8 Old 05-25-2014, 08:08 PM Thread Starter
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Height Stick

I wasn't sure where to put this, so HONESTLY I just chose the thread with the most viewing...if I shouldn't be here, admin., please move for me and let me know where it belongs! ;)

Here's my question. I am wanting to make a homemade height stick. I have a tape with the hands already marked, a flat board I have attached the tape to and a level. How do I get the level attached to the board so it will slide, horizontally of course, up and down the side of the board to the varying measurements on the tape?
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So you put it in horse health, of all boards? That's way off the mark. There's categories for a reason, after all, if nobody follows them there's no point to having them.

I'm not sure about your question, but I'd be interested in hearing other opinions. I'd think attach it to something you can tighten and loosen on the board so you can loosen it, slide it and tighten it into position maybe? Pictures of what you have so far might help figure out methods of attachment.
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So you put it in horse health, of all boards? That's way off the mark. There's categories for a reason, after all, if nobody follows them there's no point to having them..
Actually, yes, it seemed reasonable to me! Isn't a horse height a part of their health?? What category would you have chosen? I'd be glad to move it...no offense intended!!!!!
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Actually, yes, it seemed reasonable to me! Isn't a horse height a part of their health?? What category would you have chosen? I'd be glad to move it...no offense intended!!!!!
Height isn't really directly related to health, I think, any more than me being 5'4" is related to my health. My physique and build, maybe - it's closer to conformation! - and your post is more focused on crafting a height stick, rather than anything related to health :) I would have put it in off topic discussion. Many of us look at threads with the "new posts" button at top rather than clicking individual forums anyways - I would have seen it regardless.
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Height isn't really directly related to health, I think, any more than me being 5'4" is related to my health. My physique and build, maybe - it's closer to conformation! - and your post is more focused on crafting a height stick, rather than anything related to health :) I would have put it in off topic discussion. Many of us look at threads with the "new posts" button at top rather than clicking individual forums anyways - I would have seen it regardless.
Looks like I can't move it, but read my original post again. If you are an administrator, you are welcome to move it to whatever category you see fit. ;)
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I wouldn't worry about it. It's fine where it is.
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This is what I use for "doing height": I took a small level, approximately 4" long, and taped it to a sawed off broom handle, approximately 8" long. I take an ordinary carpenter's tape measure and run it along side the horse; at the same time I take my broom handle level and put it on the withers sticking out far enough so that it will meet up with the tape (the level ensures that the broom handle is truly level) and then I but the two together - where the bottom of the broom handle intersects the tape the height will be shown. I like to think its fairly accurate.

One thing I do notice with this technique is that some horses are alarmed and suspicious of the tape being pulled out beside them.
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Anything like this will only give a rough estimate of height.

Measuring a horse, and we have to for many show classes in the UK have an official height certificate. This has to be done by a vet that is recognised by the height board.

The horse has to have shoes removed and be standing on a level concrete pad. Any horse that is well up to height for a certain class, needs to be totally relaxed with the measuring stick. The vet will take their time over measuring.

One old horse dealer I knew was great at measuring horses. I went to him to look at a 15.2 horse he had. I thought it was well over height but he took his time and measured it at 15.21/2 allowing half inch for shoes, he was in height.

I didn't particularly think he was suitable for my client. Half an hour later other people came and the horse was pulled out. They didn't think it was tall enough. Out came the measuring stick, hustle and bustle and the horse measured at 16.1
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