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Hi: what have you experienced in your estimation of final height in a horse? is the string from knee to fetlock then pulled up effective? do you have another method which seems to work? what age do they work best from???? cheers
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the 'string' method is to take a string from knee to fetlock then take that measurement up twice from the knee - ie twice the length measured from the knee is supposed to be their final height. i just don't remember at what age it's supposed to be the best predictor.
i do ground work up till 2 1/2 or 3, depending on how 'mature' they look , then i start to back them.
Never had much luck guessing final heights in youngsters. I've not heard of the string method, how does that work? I just look for the gap in the knee, the more gap the more growth.
Depending how they grow, I like to mouth them early and do a lot of ground work with them, if they get big enough I might have a sit on their back without a saddle, just getting on and off to get them use to it. Most are strong enough at 2 for very lite riding ( 15 mins at a time) , they dont really start to work til they are 3 or 4, depends on the individual.
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