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  • Where on withers measure horse height
  • Where exactly on the withers is a horses height measured?

 
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    02-11-2013, 04:41 PM
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Foal
How EXACTLY to measure a horse?

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.
     
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    02-11-2013, 04:54 PM
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Trained
Nope. Always ground to the top of the withers. So, a mutton withered horse could be the same height as a shorter one with prominant withers. And, overgrown feet give an inaccurate reading.
To get an estimate of height, take your height and measure it in hands tall. I am 5'4 1/2" tall, so I measure almost 16.1hh
My tall gelding's withers are ~ 2 inches taller than me, so I know that he is 16.3hh
The average 15'hh horse's withers would measure ~ 4 inches shorter than my head.
     

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