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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug. 15, 2003

    Question Is this average for a Percheron?

    Just came in from the farrier and we thought it would be fun to trace Milla's hoof. She measures 7" across and 7 1/2" from front to back. It looks HUGE to me, but I am coming from a strict background in OTTBs... so it IS huge compared to their feet

    We also measured her "bone" and she measured 9 3/4".

    She will be 3 years old in May.
    Her front end sticks at 16h and her "butt" is 16 1/2h

    Do the hooves and bone continue to grow or is that part of her pretty well set?

    Do either of these things indicate how tall she might be when she is done?

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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb. 15, 2004


    I read that drafts grow until they are 6 or 7 yo, if not longer... have fun with the baby!!!

  3. #3
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    May. 21, 2008
    Sonoma County, California


    I raised a Percheron from a yearling on. . He wound up at 16.2 hands. I've since met several Percherons and they are not always as tall as you'd think --- most are 15.3 to 17 hands. I was told that there are different varieties, ie tall and lighter, shorter and super stocky, etc.

    And they do grow forever. My guy was slow to mature and was still growing after he turned 6. He was also slow to mature mentally/emotionally. His feet were big, but not huge, only #4 horse size.

  4. #4
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    Oct. 31, 2001
    West of insanity, east of apathy, deep in the heart of Texas.


    My Percheron mare was 17h as a 4 year old, and topped out at 17.2 at age 6. Had a size 5 shoe, as I recall, but I could be wrong about that.
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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar. 1, 2005


    Quote Originally Posted by bounce View Post
    She will be 3 years old in May. Her front end sticks at 16h and her "butt" is 16 1/2h

    Do the hooves and bone continue to grow or is that part of her pretty well set?
    At 2 going on 3, she's still a baby. Drafts generally mature much slower.

    I don't breed, so I am the wrong person to guess what size a young horse will mature into. I've seen smaller percherons at around 16hh and then they go up from there.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Oct. 8, 2002


    My guy is only 1/4 perch and was still growing in his sixth year

    Hoof size and cannon won't get you a great estimate on final height, but you can try holding a string from elbow to fetlock, then adding that height to the total height of the leg (ground to elbow) for an estimate. There are a couple other string tests too, but I can't remember them at the moment
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