Okay, before I start, please read at least to the end before writing this off as a stupid question, LOL
I've owned horses for about 4 1/2 years now, and never really questioned the way I was measuring my horse(s). I always measure (in hands of course, lol) from the coronet band at the top of the hoof to the withers, as I was originally told was proper.
Well recently, I was reading a post about a horse and they mentioned that they measured the horse from the ground to the withers (which didn't really make sense, because what happens when you clip the hooves?)
And then I looked into in a bit more, and found people also measuring from the Fetlock to the withers.
So what I want to know is where you REALLY measure from: the Coronet Band, the Fetlock, or the ground?
I've also heard debate about using a soft measuring tape and curving it with the horse's leg & shoulder; as opposed to using a hard measuring tape (or stick) and using a level across the withers. Any opinions?
If there is a more appropriate forum for this thread, please let me know :) Horse health seemed like the closest I could get, and it didn't seem to fit into "General Horse" discussion.