how accurate are those height/weight tapes?
So a little bit ago I bought a tape that measures height and weight of the horse. It was only 5 bucks. I was curious about my lease horse's height since he didn't seem to be 17.1 hands to me, but a bit shorter. I've ridden horses in the 17 hand range before and could never get on without a mounting block, whereas I have no issue getting on from the ground with this guy.
So I measured him and the tape says 16.1 on the height side. The weight side of the tape said he weighed approx 1200 pounds. For the weight measurement, the tape says to put the tape around the horse's barrel right about where the girth would go. He's a percheron/paint cross, so this weight does seem pretty light. He is a smidgen ribby, but not what I would call underweight by much.
Just wondering how accurate these tapes are?