String Test?

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  1. irideazip

    irideazip Senior Member+

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    I am not 100% sure what a string test is or how it works. Could someone please enlighten me? There is a local horse that my trainer and I are interested in, and we were told she *should* mature at about 15.2HH, but we talked about a string test to see if that is possible...neither of us have a clue. Can you help us get one? LMAO THANKS!!
     






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    Measure from the middle of the knee, straight down to the coronet band (I measure on the side of the leg). Don't pull the string tight (tape measure works even better). If it says 15.2 inches, then that can be taken to be 15.2 hands. Obviously something affect the growth, but it's been pretty accurate so far for me. Says our yearling should be 16.2. She's just now at 16 hands and not a lick of TB in her either :)
     
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    AA -> your yearling is 16hh?!!?!? how is that she will only grow two more inches?
     
  5. NeighNeigh

    NeighNeigh Senior Member+

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    I assume the younger the horse, the less accurate the string test, right? So at what age can does the string test start being relatively reliable? (i.e, how early can you tell how tall your baby will grow to be?)
     
  6. JBandRio

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    Generally you need to wait until they are 1 for this to be fairly accurate.

    When measuring from the center of the knee (bend the leg to find it first) to the coronet band, follow the contours of the leg. Then, as stated, inches in length = hands in height. 15 1/2" = 15.2 hands.

    The other test is to measure from ergot to elbow (bend the leg to find it first), and then pivot the string around the elbow. That top height of the string is the adult height.
     
  7. irideazip

    irideazip Senior Member+

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    ok, that explains a lot...thanks to all of yoU! The mare we are interested in is already 3, i think, so it should work on her, right?

    NeighNeigh...that was a great question!
     
  8. bay_blnd jmpr07

    bay_blnd jmpr07 Senior Member+

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    So how do you do it for a mini? LOL
     
  9. irideazip

    irideazip Senior Member+

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    thats a goooood question LMAO
     
  10. JBandRio

    JBandRio Senior Member+

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    From your knees :D
     
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