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PostPosted: Sat Aug 20, 2011 7:57 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

just wondered how valid they are on heavies. . .

got a spillers tape- says it should b within 7 % but just dont believe the weights it is saying- - - how can a 15.2 tb be the same weight as a 15.2 heavy cob- yet they will have similar readings- as tb's have big rib cages



has any one else tried a weight tape on theirs? ... what do u think?

they just dont take neck width, legs or fat/ muscle in to account.
Guess their the same as bmi on people- for a set build and make up- and pretty hopeless on any other

but is there any rough idea for weighing heavies?

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 20, 2011 10:01 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I'd like to know too Smile my tape says my 16.3 shire gelding weighs 750kg and my 3yo shire filly weighs 550kg Confused They feel roughly the same weight when they stand on my feet though!! Laughing

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2011 9:00 am Reply with quoteBack to top

my vet refuses to use them on heavies as dont give a correct reading, but there is a way doing it with length/height or something which she does, which comes very close to the correct weight. but i normally take a trip to a weigh bridge down the road.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2011 6:52 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Try this one Very Happy

A formula with a string :

take the thoracic perimeter from the head of the withers to the girth place.

measure the distance with a meter band. Raise the measure 3 times (3th) and multiply by 80.

Concret exemple : The thoracic perimeter of you horse is : 1.85m

1.85 x 1.85 x 1.85 = 6.3316 x 80 = 506.53 kg

the error margin is + or - 20 kg

Hope this helps

and throw the tape away they dont work on the big un's Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2011 9:11 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

thankies- confirmed what i was thinking Smile

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2011 9:32 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Thats good info ta, I had heard that weigh tapes where no good for heavies but didn't know how to work her weight out.
Will be interesting to find out what she does weigh roughly.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2011 5:41 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I have fair idea of Samsons weight as for a year or so he was in and out of horspital so he got weighed alot! I know his big fat spring summer tops 840kg and his slightly more slimline winter self is just under 820kg so I aim to keep him somewhere in between. Thats as scientific as it gets lol
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 09, 2011 10:47 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

To give you an idea... Bisto my 16.3 shire x weigh taped at 540kg but we got Dengie out with a weighbridge recently and he's 618kg... but the worst one by far was our warmblood she weightaped at 580kg but weighed 702kg!!!!!!

Just goes to show that they mean diddly!
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2011 6:32 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Tapes definitely don't seem to work on drafts. My Lottie taped at about 1150lbs and even though I could see she was getting bigger the tape still said the same thing. The vet was just out for her shots and he estimated her at about 1400lbs which sounds more like what I would have guessed. Don't have a weigh bridge nearby and not real good way to transport her anyway so I will just go with the vets estimate.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2011 8:35 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

hi all, i had womble weighed on a portable weighbridge today he is 6 years old and 17.1 hh, and his weight was 864kg, i was quite pleased, as i thought he would be lighter, but now im not to sure, as im aware the average weight is 1 ton Confused its taken me over 2 years to get him looking half decent, i do get comments about the way he looks, but i cant make him eat Shocked anyone else had a shire that seems slow to mature Question

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2011 9:41 am Reply with quoteBack to top

i think your boy is just right as now days, they are slightly lighter in bone the weights are more around the 800/900kg mark, not very many actually make the 1 ton mark. what do you mean by comments as in all the pic i have seen he looks good Confused Question
scary but only six months ago my boy weighed almost half what womble does at 450kg, still cant get over the cheek ex-owners saying he little ribby, bloody deaths door more like.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2011 6:48 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

thanks kay Very Happy and i hope your lad is doing ok now, he must have looked awfull Crying or Very sad as for the comments i have had, they are about how slim he is, and ive been asked is he full shire Crying or Very sad when ive competed at shows, eg in the 3 year and over class, im usually down the line, as they seem shocked when i say he's 6 Confused he's never going to be huge as he's a riding horse Smile

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2011 7:48 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

dont worry most people dont actually know what a fit horses looks like now days and 9 out of 10 are over weight, look at the ones in the showing classes all over weight, but is now seen as normal because we are so use to the sight.

my boy is looking great, but when i try down loading pic lines apprear through the whole pic Crying or Very sad i even got a first comment yesterday from a girl at the yard saying she liked him, looking good and how welbehaved he is, (glad she didnt see him with farrier yesterday, he was being a total pig and i was so embarassed, the hormones are starting to truely kick in).
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