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    07-05-2011, 07:25 AM
Green Broke
Weight Questions

Ok another question from me hehe. I finally got a weight tape today, which also measures height. I used it this afternoon. To measure my horses weight. I also tried to measure their height, though I would like to get someone to help me and get a more accurate measurement.

Apache - I was told was 16hh when we bought him. I figured he was more 15.3 then when I used the tape this afternoon it said he was only just 15.2hh. It also said he was 1017kg.

Sammy - When I bought him I was told he was 15hh and I just went with that but when I measured him this afternoon and he only just came at 14.3hh. He also was 985kg.

Pepper - I thought she was 14.3hh but this afternoon she measured at 14.1. She also measured at 360 kg.

I am currently trying to put more weight on Pepper. I also want Apache to gain just a little more. Other than just looking at a horse how do you know it is the correct weight? I just thought the knowing the height would obviously help.
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    07-05-2011, 07:37 AM
I think that you may be using the tape incorrectly. There is no way that Apache weighs 2,237.4lbs. That would be like draft horse size. I have a formula for calculating weight, in pounds, but it could be converted to kg though. If you are interested in the formula, I will gladly post it on here, with instructions on where to measure and what to measure for it. As for the height part of the weight tape, personally, I would just measure with a regular soft measuring tape, in inches and measure to the highest part of their withers, then convert it to hands myself. Also make sure that when you measure for height, that the horse is standing square and on level ground.
    07-05-2011, 08:06 AM
Green Broke
Thanks I got a bit confused with the weights. I was just playing around with it this afternoon. I plan to have someone help me keep the horses standing properly. Could the fact that Apache has high wither affect the weight measurement?
    07-05-2011, 09:14 AM
It shouldn't, because you measure at the heart girth.
    07-05-2011, 09:31 AM
Green Broke
Ok I'll try this again tomorrow.
    07-06-2011, 09:34 PM
Green Broke
Ok I am positive I did it right this time and I had them standing on level concrete. I do want Apache and Pepper to gain a little more weight especially pepper. Though even at a better weight Apache and Pepper are more lean and Sammy is more heavily built.


Sammy - 14.3hh, 513kg
Apache - 15.3hh,476kg
Pepper - 14.2hh. 380kg

Does that sound better?
    07-06-2011, 11:58 PM
Yes, those weights sound a lot better, more reasonable! If you don't mind me asking what kind of diet to you have your guys on. I may have to ask questions to understand exactly what you're talking about, because of the difference in what is available in Arkansas, US versus Australia. But I love learning something new, especially about horses regardless of where they are in the world.
    07-07-2011, 12:14 AM
Green Broke
Haha ok

Normally the boys would only eat hay and grass but due to my situation at the moment none of them are getting hay.

Only recent change in diet but this is it currently:

Apache- 24/7 access to grass (currently crumby due to winter), once a day he gets half a bucket (12L bucket I think) alfalfa chaff mixed with little bit of speedi-beet, small handleful of copra and tiny bit garlic extra (or name something like that)

Sammy - 24/7 access to grass, once a day he gets half a bucket of alfalfa chaff with handful of copra and tiny bit of garlic extra.

Pepper - I am having trouble with her weight lately, though I think the change in feed has helped. 24/7 access to grass, once a day gets gets 3x the amount of speedi-beet as Apache, just under half a bucket of chaff, small handlful of copra, tiny bit of garlic extra.

I'm sorry I'm bad at remembering amounts off the top of my head, I have it written down so I remember. Pepper is getting less hay and more of the chaff etc because her teeth are starting to go bad. As normally the boys only get hay, I have only just started giving Apache speedi-beet. Sorry if that was confusing.
    07-07-2011, 12:15 AM
Keep in mind that weight tapes are an approximation based on average horse proportions by measuring the heart girth. Depending on the build of your horse, they can easily be off by 10+%.
As for height, I've found that the most accurate way is to stand them squarely next to a wall, use a level across the withers, and mark the wall (just like measuring kids ).
    07-07-2011, 12:17 AM
Green Broke
Yeah I was keeping that in mind. That is kind of how I was measuring them today.

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