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  • Typical twh cannon bone size
  • What is limit for weight due to size of cannon bone in a horse?

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    06-09-2012, 12:50 AM
CowboysDream, I love math (in fact have a minor in Mathematics). The math is not hard to follow, the difficult part for me is understanding conformation and typical horse dimensions. What are the typical cannon bone dimensions of QHs, Arabians, TWH, etc? I am tempted to measure every horse I come in contact with..lol. I would like to build a table of these typical measurements to get a better picture of how that formula works. What I like about it is it uses a more scientific method based on something specific. Bone and muscle mass makes more sense to me when discussing a horses ability to comfortable carry weight (ofcourse this assumes that the horse is also conditioned and properly exercised). I discussed this with a trainer at my gym and it also makes sense to them as it is similar to what he was trained to do his job.

I wanted to edit my post to correct but, I guess the ability to edit my post is either time limited or is only allowed until someone posts. I did edit the post after seeing the results but, when I clicked the button to post the edit I received a message saying the administrator only allowed to edit messages for a certain amount of time?

TinyLily, I am going to meet another trainer tomorrow. I am not too hopeful as she said her limit was 170lb! But, she is atleast willing to meet me. I do not blame them or suggest they are wrong (as I do not know enough yet to know if they are)
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    06-09-2012, 01:03 AM
Green Broke
Here you go, some actual studies, sourced, references to more studies, etc etc. Susan Evans Garlinghouse.

Also for the cavalry reference you need to go back before the Civil War. You are looking for Mcclellans manual.
    06-09-2012, 08:05 AM
Agree with all of the above in terms of postural and motor control-- Just wanted to say to Joe4D that although Drafts in there many forms were bred for pulling- I would encourage you to take a close look at the breeding of a lot of successful showjumpers and eventhorses. Even in the states, if you read the results on the USEF website, you will see that loads of these horses are draftx or full draft- particularly Irish Draft.
Living here in Ireland, the Draft and Draftx are among the most prefered type of riding horse for all disciplines- especially hunting where they are expected to cover any terrain, jump any obstacle and go all day. Our National Dressage Champion for several years was a full Irish Draft who competes at Grand Prix level. Don't dismiss drafts (especially Irish Drafts)!!!
    07-01-2012, 09:22 PM
What size to ride

I just look for a horse that has a backside bigger than mine LOL Draft Horses work great right now, I hope to be down to the Arab size soon
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