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    Correct way to measure height of your horse

    Ok I'm really confused about how to correctly measure a horse. I was always told you measure from the ground to the withers and divide inches by 4 and that's how many hands the horse is. Well, a friend's daughter is in 4H and I guess they were told that you measure the horse from ground to lowest part of withers then you subtract 2 inches for the hooves and then divide by 4. When their mare was measured by 4H they claim she is 13.3 and I'm sorry but IMHO there is no way in **** that girl is only 13.3. Has anybody else ever heard of subtracting 2 inches for the horses hooves? Apparently you subtract the 2 inches because the length of the hooves fluxuate. It just makes no sense to me.
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    I think someone was drinking too much rum before the 'how to measure a horse' class. Or they got their information from 'Expert Village'
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    No that's not how it's done. You measure from ground to withers, and divide by 4. I'm in 4-h and have never heard that but that is really weirdI mean i guess i could be wrong but i have NEVER heard of it that way!haha but what 4-h said that?

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    Could they be subtracting for some kind of special shoes? Maybe it was just for a particular horse? I had never heard of that method either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fancypants1223 View Post
    No that's not how it's done. You measure from ground to withers, and divide by 4. I'm in 4-h and have never heard that but that is really weirdI mean i guess i could be wrong but i have NEVER heard of it that way!haha but what 4-h said that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chow View Post
    Could they be subtracting for some kind of special shoes? Maybe it was just for a particular horse? I had never heard of that method either.
    According to the friend that is the way this 4H group measures all of the horses. I know their mare gets to show in pony class and she is just slightly smaller than my son's gelding who sticks at 15.1
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    Is this person in charge of the pony rule for the club by chance? Either they shouldnt be trying to teach or they are cheating.

    This 4-H group can measure however they want. All the clubs are held to the same rules within the county. The person in charge of the pony program is the final judge. If they are one in the same, you have a cheater on your hands....

    I cant think of another seniario that could be going on.
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    I want to do hunt seat? Fine, I'm doing it on a saddlebred
    I want to do western? Dandy, I'm doing it on a saddlebred.
    Dressage and jumping? Sure! Gonna be doing it on the back of a saddlebred!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chardonnay View Post
    Is this person in charge of the pony rule for the club by chance? Either they shouldnt be trying to teach or they are cheating.

    This 4-H group can measure however they want. All the clubs are held to the same rules within the county. The person in charge of the pony program is the final judge. If they are one in the same, you have a cheater on your hands....

    I cant think of another seniario that could be going on.
    I was kind of thinking the same thing myself. I honestly don't know much about 4H at all and have never attended any 4H shows so I'm not sure who is in charge of what.
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    Talt to a leader outside your group. They will know.
    Originally Posted by Aryiah
    I want to do hunt seat? Fine, I'm doing it on a saddlebred
    I want to do western? Dandy, I'm doing it on a saddlebred.
    Dressage and jumping? Sure! Gonna be doing it on the back of a saddlebred!

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