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    03-01-2011, 09:09 PM
Weight Tapes

How accurate are they? My friend weight taped my 3 horses to see about where they are, and about how much weight they need to gain. Bo, quarter horse/arabian cross (best guess) taped at 878. Queen, TB, 1132. Kita taped at 1117. She didn't think that was right, so she moved the tape behind the withers. That time she taped 1065. I know they are underweight, but I am not sure about how much more they need to gain.
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    03-01-2011, 09:27 PM
They are close as long as your horse doesn't have overly distinct features like a really high wither or deep sway back. There are formulas available where you can measure your horse's length, height, heartgirth and plug them in to get an approximate weight, but I funk you might find this link easier to do
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    03-01-2011, 09:31 PM
They're + or - about 30lbs at least for my TB. I find the length x width formula more accurate. I can't think of what it is exactly right now. I'm sure you can google it.
    03-01-2011, 09:42 PM
The thing with weight tapes is if you slide it further forward or back like, an inch, your horse can gain or lose 100lbs. I agree about the lXw formula.
    03-01-2011, 10:00 PM
Thank you ladies. Ill have to check that out, and see what I can come up with.
    03-01-2011, 10:07 PM
Green Broke
I participated in a study done by one of the Alabama universities about the accuracy of weight tapes. They took my horse's height, length, width, and other measures. They than measured her with a weight tape. To compare, they brought a huge scale big enough for a horse to step on to accurately weight her. The weight tape was 230 pounds off from her actual weight.
    03-01-2011, 10:09 PM
The mathematical formula is (heartgirth x heartgirth x length)/330 which gives you the weight in pounds. Like everyone has said, where you measure the heargirth makes a huge difference in what the weight shows up as.

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