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« on: April 14, 2013, 02:57:39 AM »

So, I became really surprised when I noticed how much taller one of my mares got than I had ever expected her to. She's Gawne is 16.3h and her projected height range is 15.1h to 16.1h. So now I'm curious as to how common it is for a horse to be taller/shorter than their projected height range. Before, I thought that a horse would always be a height within their range, but now I see that's not necessarily true!

Has anyone else noticed a horse fully grown and outside of their height range?
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« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2013, 03:03:14 AM »

The projected height is just an average of the parents' heights. There is an element of randomness to the foal's actual height.
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« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2013, 04:03:01 AM »

I have two leased horses that are an inch shorter than they are predicted to be
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« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2013, 05:53:12 AM »

I own a horse who stopped growing at 14.3hh. Projected minimum was 15.1hh.
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« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2013, 05:54:23 AM »

I've had a few under predicted height none over that I've. Noticed
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« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2013, 06:58:13 AM »

The projected height is just an average of the parents' heights. There is an element of randomness to the foal's actual height.

Technically, average +/- 2 inches to get the range. :)

Foals can get height (or lack thereof) from either parent. Also, premie foals will be a bit smaller than their genetics dictate.
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« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2013, 06:18:40 PM »

So, it looks as though it's more common for horses to turn out shorter rather than taller. Thanks for satisfying my curiosity, everyone! :)
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