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        06-20-2010, 10:52 PM
      #1
    Weanling
    How Big Will She Be?

    Not sure if this goes here, but anyhoo...

    How big do you think Lily will be when she's done growing? Currently she's around 14 hands (more or less, I've never actually measured her official height) and she's 2 years old. I think she's going to be huge, since she's already almost as big as my 5 year old Tango, but then again huge to me is like, anything over 15 hands. Is there any official way to calculate it, or does it just depend on environment, feeding, etc. I have no idea how big her parents are, but I guess that would be the biggest factor...anyways, from previous experience how big do you guys think she'll be, if it's possible to tell?
         
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        06-20-2010, 11:12 PM
      #2
    Green Broke
    Well horses grow till I think they are 4 or 5 years old.I am probably wrong,lol.

    You will probably have to wait it out. 14 hands for a 2 year old is actually normal. We had a arab who was 2 years old and the same height. He will grow a little more and Lily isn't finished growing. Too bad you don't know what her parents look like or you would have a good general idea.
         
        06-20-2010, 11:18 PM
      #3
    Green Broke
    I am in the same situation with Hunter although he isnt 14 hadns... YET.

    Here are 2 ways to predict growth - the first one works at any age, we tested all the horses at our barn and it was all correct
    To predict a foal's mature height, at the age of six months, measure from the coronary band to the middle of the knee. If the tape reads 15 inches, the horse should be 15 hands high. If the tape reads 13 1/2 inches, the horse should be 13 1/2 hands high.

    Alternately, you can tape measure the distance from the point at the rear of the front fetlock to the point of the elbow and then invert the tape to see how many more inches above the withers the horse will grow.

    This may not work with ponies, however, since they have a shorter cannon bone.
         
        06-21-2010, 01:14 AM
      #4
    Yearling
    I tried the first method with my little filly, according to the measurement she'll be 21 hands high. I think it might not work on her!

    According to the second method she will grow to be about 14 hands. I would be "ok" with that, wish she'd be taller though.
         
        06-21-2010, 08:27 AM
      #5
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Hunter65    
    I am in the same situation with Hunter although he isnt 14 hadns... YET.

    Here are 2 ways to predict growth - the first one works at any age, we tested all the horses at our barn and it was all correct
    To predict a foal's mature height, at the age of six months, measure from the coronary band to the middle of the knee. If the tape reads 15 inches, the horse should be 15 hands high. If the tape reads 13 1/2 inches, the horse should be 13 1/2 hands high.

    Alternately, you can tape measure the distance from the point at the rear of the front fetlock to the point of the elbow and then invert the tape to see how many more inches above the withers the horse will grow.

    This may not work with ponies, however, since they have a shorter cannon bone.
    Interesting...just one problem: she's too old for it. Thanks though =\
         
        06-21-2010, 11:29 AM
      #6
    Yearling
    Nope, the elbow to fetlock measurement works at anytime. I did this for fun on all my horses and it works.
         
        06-21-2010, 11:32 AM
      #7
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by ilyTango    
    Interesting...just one problem: she's too old for it. Thanks though =\

    No she's not, you can do either method at any age (I think they have to be 6 months old for it to work). It works we tested all the horses at my barn and they all worked out correctly
         
        06-21-2010, 12:16 PM
      #8
    Weanling
    OOOHHH! They have to be at least 6 months. Lol. I misunderstood that. I thought you meant they have to be 6 months and not before or after that month. *Pfft. I'm so stupid XD* I'm definitely using that then..
         

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