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    Re: [RC] [RC] The magic measuring stick - Zephyr Arabians

    --- Bette Lamore <woa@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
    > There is a VERY rational explanation, Susan
    > Your patient might have been using the ARABIAN
    > measuring stick. 
    Actually, owners of ALL breeds use that magic
    measuring stick.  The "15.2" Arab that magically turns
    to 14.2 when seen in person is not unique.  About the
    ONLY measurements I don't look at with scepticism are
    Warmbloods that were measured at their inspections
    (and that tends to be 3 year olds, so they might
    actually be taller than their official measurements).
    I have a friend who tells the story of a group trail
    ride/camping trip she went on years ago.  In camp
    after the ride, for an evening's entertainment,
    someone whipped out a stick.  After asking each owner
    the height of their horse, they were then measured. 
    Almost EVERYONE was overestimating their horse's
    height. My friend's 14.1-1/2 hand Arab was NOT the
    smallest horse in camp.  That honor went to a "15.3"
    QH. :)
    As a few others have mentioned, I use myself as a
    portable measuring stick.  I'm 15.2 at the top of my
    head (barefoot, so I need to adapt for shoes). 
    Friends have been known to ask me to go stand next to
    horses' withers when we're out and about (especially
    after owners make height claims that are wildly off).
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    Re: [RC] The Arabian Breed; how *big* is BIG?, Bette Lamore