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    Posted: 12 Sep 2011 at 10:37pm
I am in the process of purchasing a performance horse 2 1/2 year old gelding for my daughter. It looks a bit small on the video but the breaker is 6'4" tall. I don't want a small horse (5-1 to 5-3 hands tall). As such I was wondering if there is any way of predicting the horse's eventual height. Apparently they stop growing at 5 years.
The stallion is 16-3 hands don't know the mother's yet. I read on the internet that if you measure on the front leg from the coronet to the knee whatever the measurement is in inches, it will be the equivalent in hands, i.e. 15 1/2 inches = 15-3 hands when fully grown. The age of the horse at thetime doesnt matter.
Is this an old wives tale or has some truth about it? Is there any other suggestions? 
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Get a lead rope and measure from the fetlock to the elbow - then double it.  It's a fairly loose estimate, but will give you some indication.

In people, there is a formula, but not sure about horses.  The people one is something like 'take the mid-point of both parents, then the predicted height of the offspring is +/- 7cm for girls and +/- 10cm for boys' 
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At 2 1/2 you'd only be guessing IMO - by now, some of, eventual height will be 'nutritionally' based - has he been hard fed all his life, was his mother well supported during pregnancy, what was they pasture like?  You don't say how high the horse is now or what breed and this will have a bearing. Cheers.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote straight Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Sep 2011 at 9:50pm
Originally posted by reng reng wrote:

Get a lead rope and measure from the fetlock to the elbow - then double it.  It's a fairly loose estimate, but will give you some indication.

In people, there is a formula, but not sure about horses.  The people one is something like 'take the mid-point of both parents, then the predicted height of the offspring is +/- 7cm for girls and +/- 10cm for boys' 
This is close measure the child the day it turns two and double it
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote M.horse Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Sep 2011 at 2:16pm
We bought a 2YO Bel Esprit colt last October.
He was 470 kgs.
He is now 560 kgs...
 
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