To get an idea of mature size, stand the young foal squarely on a level surface this will go much more smoothly if the foal has been halter-broken, leads well, and is controlled by a helper. Double this measurement and you have an idea of how tall the mature horse will be. When using this method on a yearling horse, measure from the elbow to a point about one-fourth of the way from the fetlock to the ground, and double this measurement.
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Often speculation arises about how tall a foal will become at maturity. Many years ago, somebody taught me about predicting the future height of a horse from measurements taken when it was just a foal. The method of measurement shown me was one taken on a straight line from the front of either front leg starting at the corona or hairline and extending to the middle of the knee joint. I was also told that this measurement would be true from 3 months old upward and would always be accurate throughout the lifetime of the horse.
A topic of great discussion when one is raising a foal is "how tall will my foal or horse grow" or "Is there a way to predict how tall my horse will grow? Assuming that a foal maintains an optimum environment for growth, one way to estimate how tall an Arabian or Arabian cross foal will grow is based on the following table "The Growth Rate of the Light Horse", from Feeding and Care of the Horse by Lon Lewis, Lea and Febiger. A notation from this reference states that all three of the tables parameters can be smaller in foals born to mares less than 7 years old or older than 12 years old than in foals born to mares between these ages.
View Full Version : Predicting a foals mature height. Hi there, wondering if there is any way of predicting a foals mature height. I recall measuring from the elbow to the ergot and then adding that height from the elbow to guess the mature height - at what age is this done at?
Determine Horse Mature Height. Have you wondered how tall your yearling will grow or if your horse is finished growing. Here is an easy and accurate method for estimating mature height.
This article will help you accurately estimate a foal's body weight, which will guide a proper feeding program. Estimating body weight BW of foals can be a challenge unless you are fortunate to have access to a platform scale. The weight tapes start to be more reliable by 18 months of age. The tables included in this section may provide some reasonable guidelines in estimating body weights of foals during growth.
Just how tall will my foal or young horse get? Measure your horse from fetlock to elbow, then apply this measurement from elbow to withers and beyond. The measurement in inches corresponds to his full height e.
You look at that little hand cutting mare which you have decided to breed. So, you take her to that plus-hand Thoroughbred in the next county and breed her. Eleven months later, you walk out to the barn and there in the stall is a newborn foal which has just struggled to its feet and is nursing for the first time. You look at the wobbly, leggy little creature and wonder: Just how big will this youngster be when it grows up?