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    10-28-2011, 10:54 AM
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bjb
Weanling
string test accuracy? height

How accurate is the string test? My mare is 3 years old and 14 hh. The string test only guesses her at 14.2. Do you think that's where she'll stop or get taller? I know they can continue to grow till about 7.

It doesn't really matter, just curious. Iv never had a younger horse before
Thanks!!
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    10-28-2011, 11:23 AM
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Showing
String test was absolutely exact on both my mares - believe it or not. Both were very small for their age (I got them as yearlings), so I wasn't sure they going to make it "horse size", but string gave 14'3 on one and 15'2 on other. Now at 7 yo one is 14'3 straight, other between 15'1 and 15'2.

But I've read it doesn't work for everyone. :)
     
    10-28-2011, 11:32 AM
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bjb
Weanling
Im thinking she may not get terribly taller because I only got her this summer and she was a tad underweight. So maybe she wasn't fed properly and it stunted her growth. Iv heard of horses staying pony size from lack of nutrition at young ages. She's put on quite a bit of weight (maybe even chubby)
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    10-28-2011, 11:35 AM
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Green Broke
Since it is a one size fits all type test it will be dead on for some while wildy off for others. Most will fall in between but be close enough to keep us happy with the results.

Method I like to use is stick them at 2yrs old. Mares will be 98% of their adult height and gelding at 97%.
     
    10-28-2011, 12:25 PM
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Showing
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im thinking she may not get terribly taller because I only got her this summer and she was a tad underweight. So maybe she wasn't fed properly and it stunted her growth. Iv heard of horses staying pony size from lack of nutrition at young ages. She's put on quite a bit of weight (maybe even chubby)
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Telling you my qh was TINY for her age (she was coming 2 yo). Almost everyone (with exception of 1 person) told me she'll be pony-size (and that I'll be lucky if she tops 14'2). She grew from 13'1 to 14 in just several months I got her (with good nutrition and care), and then made another 3" in couple years (she pretty much was done growing at 4+). Horses grow till they are 6-7 years old, you never know if they pick all that height or not.

BTW, noone even expect my paint to go that tall. Her dad and brother are 14'2 or 14'3. She was 13'2 at the best when I got her (again, coming 2 yo). So she gave almost 2 hands in height since I got her (she's a slower grower though than my qh).
     

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