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Posted - 02/19/2006 :  4:07:42 PM  Show Profile  Visit tagnrocky's Homepage Send tagnrocky a Private Message
Bone: The measurement around the leg just below the knee or hock. The bone measurement determines the horse's ability to carry weight.

I just noticed this quote at the top of our DE forum. Does anyone know how this bone measurement is calculated for weight bearing?. I'd be curious to find out.

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Posted - 02/20/2006 :  01:46:46 AM  Show Profile  Visit Stormie's Homepage Send Stormie a Private Message
This is one of those semi useless pieces of info I have in my little teal box.

You measure around the cannon below the knee.

8" of bone: Horse can carry upper limit of 154 to 168lbs
9" of bone: Upper limit of 182-196 lbs
10-11" of bone: Upper limit of 210 lbs

BUT It is more to do with the over all build and condition of the animal not some measurement like this. I think that many horses that don't have as much bone carry well above what this is saying it can. Equus had an article about it not that long ago.

A horse that is smaller in bone and build but in condition to carry a heavier rider can do so easier then one that is thicker in bone and larger but not in shape to carry that load. So I put it in a useful group but not one that you use as a clear judge of what a horse can really handle.
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Posted - 02/21/2006 :  11:36:00 AM  Show Profile Send appygirl a Private Message
Thank goodness Hi-Grey is built like a tank! lol


Man does not have the only memory,
The animals remember,
The earth remembers,
The stones remember,
If you know how to listen, they will tell you many things.
- Claude Kuwanijuma - Hopi Spiritual leader

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