Meet Chief. Please excuse the bits of hay and bedding material in his mane. We got him out of bed for these shots. No we didn’t, but we didn’t bother to brush him off either.
Any horseman worth their salt can eyeball how tall a horse is within an inch or so. But since we weren’t sure as to exactly how tall Chief was I figured this would be a great opportunity to show those of you who don’t know, how folks measure horses.
Here’s how it’s done:
Take your trusty measuring stick…
Position the base of the stick perpendicular to the horse at his girth area.
This particular stick has a level on it. Some do. Some don’t. This is handy because the goal is to position the horizontal part of the stick (the “arm” that goes up and down) right at the highest point of the withers. If one is “off” and the bubble is not level then one needs to reposition the base of the stick and try again.
Horses are measured in “hands” which is equal to four inches. It is literally the width of the average persons hand.
17.2 HH (hands high)
Active and on the show roster.
Position Held In The Hitch (Team):
Left leader in the six and eight horse hitch. (Left or right position is always noted from the driver’s seat).
*Note: The leather things on each hoof are called “spats”. Many of the Clydesdale and Shire breeds wear them when they aren’t in the show ring to protect the feathers from breaking off.
What he would say if he could talk:
“If you’re not leading your view never changes.”
What his coach says about him:
“He’s a picky eater (hard to keep weight on him) and when I drive him he’s either on the gas or off the gas, sometimes alternating between both for the duration of a class – He can be a challenge sometimes.”
Hey Coach, in reference to food preferences, I remember back in the 1980’s a certain someone saying: “I’m not picky, I just know what I like”. These things have a way of coming back to haunt us huh?