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post #1 of 9 Old 06-16-2012, 01:52 AM Thread Starter
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Talking height advice :)

hello :)
i have a clydesdale cross thoroughbred gelding, who is about 2/ 2 and a half..
He is a bit over 15hh at the moment and his parents were 16.2 and 16hh..
anyone have any experience in this sort of height or have any information on how tall he will get :)
I did the string test measurements and said he would reach about 16.2 - 17hh..
thanks :)
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post #2 of 9 Old 06-16-2012, 04:15 AM
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You can do the string test on a horse over 18 months old.
Take a length of string and measure from the point of the elbow to the center back of the fetlock. Then reverse the string from the point of the elbow to above his withers - the difference in the length is a good estimate as to how much more he has to grow.
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thats the one that said he would reach about 17hh :O i just thought that was to much because it would be taller than his parents. ?
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Just because his parents were smaller doesn't mean he's going to be. Maybe he's got some height in his history somewhere and he'll just be huge :) but really, the only way to tell, is to wait and see.
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Very true. My ApHC gelding has "normal" size stock horse type dam and sire, and he turned out at 16.3
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post #6 of 9 Old 06-16-2012, 08:05 PM Thread Starter
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ahh ok. i hope he turns out big! haha

duren what is ApHC?

also, does anyone know why a horse would turn aggresive. My arab mare i have had for about 10 years, she was so nice, beginners horse, and so sweet. But since the beginning of the year she has tried to bite and is always cranky when i try rug her or anything, and yesterday she kicked me, which was a first!! I have heard people say horses who turn agressive may be because they are in pain or something along those lines, but i had the vet out to her and she is fine.
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ApHC is the Appaloosa Horse Club registry.
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I know a horse that is 16.2hh and he came from 15-15.2hh parents. He is 80% foundation registered Appaloosa. Apparently it is not uncommon for Appaloosa's to get that large.

OP, your boy is only 2 years old. He has at least 3 to 4, maybe even 5 more years of growth in him. He will grow up, and then he will grow wide. And IMO, if he doesn't go very up, he will definitely go wide. My MIL's Appy filly didn't go up, but at 5 years old, she definitely started going wide like a bulldog QH.

Think of it not as a failure but as a success in how not to do it.

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post #9 of 9 Old 06-17-2012, 02:57 AM Thread Starter
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haha i have no idea what OP, IMO and MIL means! :(
i think he will get big, standing next to my 15.3 arab, his joints in his legs are actually a few inches above the arabs, if that makes sense?
and he has massive thick legs so hopefully he will get massive everywhere >:]

how talls your appy? :)
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