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Size of Horse's Feet and Limbs -- Need Your Data
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 Posted: Mon Jul 6th, 2009 04:19 am
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1.  Anglo Arabian (3/4 Thoroughbred), 13 years old, Mare.
2.  B - T circumference  8 5/8inch.
3.  4 3/4inch wall to wall.
4.  Guestimated weight 480 - 500kg
5.  Never been shod.  Always sound.

1.  Shetland pony x minature horse, 7 years old, Mare.
2.  B - T circumference  5 3/4inches.
3.  3 1/8inch wall to wall.
4.  Guestimated weight 220kg.
5.  Never been shod.  Sound.


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 Posted: Mon Jul 6th, 2009 11:45 pm
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24 yo Arabian gelding

Bone 7.25 in

Hoof 4.75 in. tape 875 lbs

Barefoot and sound


10 yo Arabian gelding

Bone 8 in

Hoof 5 in.

Wt. by tape 1050

Barefoot and sound


5yo Arabian mare

Bone 7.25 in

Hoof 4.75 in

Wt. by tape 875

Barefoot and sound

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 Posted: Tue Jul 7th, 2009 02:25 pm
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6 yr. old mare........ out of a cheval/percheron dam by a tb stallion.

Cannon bone (below knee cir.) ....9 inches

Width of front foot wall to wall....6.5 inches

Height........15.2 h. 1/2 inch

Weight........1095 lbs. (weight tape)

Horse is barefoot and sound.



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 Posted: Tue Jul 7th, 2009 11:26 pm
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10 year old Arabian gelding

Bone 7 3/4"

Hoof  5"  wall to wall on all hoof measurements

weight - 800 estimated

barefoot and sound


20 year old half Arab/half QH mare

Bone 8 "

Hoof 5"

weight 1000 estimated

barefoot and sound


7 year old QH mare

Bone 7"

Hoof 4 3/4"

weight 750 estimated

barefoot and sound


26 year old Arabian gelding

Bone 9"

Hoof 5 "

weight 960 - weighed at the vet

barefoot and sound

Last edited on Tue Jul 7th, 2009 11:27 pm by LynnF

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 Posted: Wed Jul 8th, 2009 09:17 am
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Folks, I just wanted to throw in another word of encouragement here. I've been tabulating and plotting the data you've sent in -- MOST valuable and enlightening. I have on hand a comparison sample that comprises over 5,000 horses measured from the 19th century onward -- so one of the very most exciting things about this is you will shortly have the opportunity to compare and see how your own horses stack up against the world standard sample.

At this point, I particularly need:

Warmbloods, any registry, size, type, or weight

Any horse weighing over 1400 lbs.

Horses weighing less than 900 lbs.

In other words -- the mid-range of our Forum sample is pretty numerous, but we're thin on the big and small ends, so if you have either ponies or big WB's or even bigger draft or draft-cross horses in your neighborhood, your help in trotting out to measure them would be very highly appreciated.

Thanks to all for all you have done already, too! -- Dr. Deb


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 Posted: Thu Jul 9th, 2009 06:40 pm
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26 year old Arabian gelding

14-3+ tall

7 3/8s bone

4 3/4 foot

Weighs in the neighborhood of 700 to 750 lbs by vet guess

Unshod most of the time

Sound and active on both soft and hard surfaces though tender over crushed rock and stones.  Some issues with vet-diagnosed arthritis.



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 Posted: Thu Jul 9th, 2009 08:26 pm
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11 yo Haflinger mare

Ht. 14.2

8" bone

Wt. 875 estimated

4.75" hoof shod - Sound

Just changed to a certified NB farrier to correct flares and imbalances caused by previous bad work. She appeared sound barefoot but was hard to straighten and very braced. Amazing changes are taking place, she is MUCH more willing, happier and calmer- like a big exhale! Of course there are still old defensive habits to correct, but I feel like it is possible now after a year and a half of work (she was a driving horse that I started under saddle at the age of 10).


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 Posted: Fri Jul 10th, 2009 02:25 am
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1) Moose: 8 yr old 1/8 Percheron x TB gelding
2) B - T circumference: 23cm
3) Hoof width: 14cm
4) Weight (with tape): 550kg
5) Sound. Unshod and in light work. Has previously needed shoes when in heavier work.
1) Chloe: 21 yr old ¼ Percheron x TB mare
2) B - T circumference: 23 cm
3) Hoof width: 14.5cm
4) Weight (with tape): 550kg
5) Unsound without front shoes or boots in her rocky paddock. Retired due to reoccuring lamness in stifle.

1) Nicholas: 20 yr old TB gelding
2) B - T circumference: 21 cm
3) Hoof width: 12.5
4) Weight (with tape): 450kg
5) Shod most of his life – has contracted and under run heals. Currently sound without shoes in light work over soft going. Would need shoes or boots if ridden over rough ground.
1) Ramsey: ~20 yr old, pony (probably welsh) gelding
2) B - T circumference: 18 cm
3) Hoof width: 11cm
4) Weight (with tape): 270kg
5) Always unshod and sound over all terrain.
1) Fred: 12 yr old brumby x small pony gelding
2) B - T circumference: 16 cm
3) Hoof width: 9 cm
4) Weight (with tape): 100kg
5) Always unshod and sound over all terrain. This little guys feet self maintain in his large steep/rocky paddock. He’s needed a trim only twice in his life!


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 Posted: Fri Jul 10th, 2009 09:41 pm
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1, Meiko, 7 years old, QH/Paint, 143cm high, gelding (gelded at 5).

2, front leg 19cm

3, hoof  12cm

4, weight measuring tape 415kg

5, soundness.... no problems yet, only been broken in since turning 6, and not ridden everyday (or hard) due to my work committments. Not shod, hooves trimmed monthly.


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 Posted: Sat Jul 11th, 2009 11:50 am
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TB/QH cross mare 7yo

B.T. circum. 8.5 inches

forefoot 4 7/8 inches

weight 1180 by tape

Has had no problems since I've known her. Shod in front (farrier was here today so measure was taken unshod) and barefoot in the back for 3 months now.

Last edited on Sat Jul 11th, 2009 12:11 pm by RachelZ


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 Posted: Sun Jul 12th, 2009 02:54 am
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1. 19 years, stockhorse (?), mare

2. cannon circ = 21cm

3. hoof width = 10.7cm

4. weight (using a weight tape) = 455kg

5. sound barefoot


1. 5 years, lipizzaner x andalusian, mare

2. cannon circ = 19.5cm

3. hoof width = 10.2cm

4. weight (using a weight tape) = 440kg

5. becoming sound in boots during straight work (bone spur on caudal aspect of right navicular)

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 Posted: Sun Jul 12th, 2009 10:51 pm
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Warmblood x TB (3/4 TB)

Gelding, 14 yrs, 16.2 hh

Weight by tape - 610 kg (1,345 lb)

B-T circumfrence- 22cm (8.66 inches)

Hoof has flares, sole width 125 cm (4.92 inches)

Barefoot for 4 years, sound


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 Posted: Sun Jul 12th, 2009 11:05 pm
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These are some of my friend's horses...

1. Percheron mare, 14 yo, circ 10.5 in, weight (by tape) 1850, hoof width (no flare)

7 in, barefoot but not sound for last 2 years due to ringbone

2. Percheron gelding, 16 yo, circ 10 in, weight (by tape) 1900, hoof width (no flare) 7.25 in, on and off again lame for last 8 years.  Barefoot now for last 3 years.  Ringbone in 3 limbs, though vets have also suggested that lameness has other origins too (suggested back problems too)

3. Clydesdale gelding, 6 yo, circ 11 in, weight 2050lb (by tape) 19.2 HH (no joke!!  He's HUGE!), hoof width (no flare) 8.25 in, sound and barefoot ~ ridden daily

Seglawy Jedran

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 Posted: Tue Jul 14th, 2009 01:21 am
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7 year old CMK- Polish mare
15.2 hands
Left front 7 3/4
Right front 7 7/8
body weight 1018 lbs- weight tape
back cannons  81/4 each
right front hoof 4 7/8
left front 43/4


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 Posted: Tue Jul 14th, 2009 03:13 am
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16 year old Arab/QH mare
Bone 8 1/4''
Hoof 4 1/4"
Weight 870lbs (weight tape)
Barefoot and sound

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