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Use of height-specific weigh tapes to estimate the bodyweight of horses
  1. J. M. Ellis, BSc, MSc1 and
  2. T. Hollands, BSc, MSc2
  1. 1 Warwickshire College, Moreton Morrell Centre, Warwickshire CV35 9BL
  2. 2 Dodson and Horrell, Ringstead, Kettering, Northamptonshire NN14 4BX


Two thousand horses of different ages, heights and breeds were divided into two height groups of up to 14.2 hands high (hh) and more than 14.2 hh, and weighed on a weighbridge; each horse then had its weight estimated by three weigh tapes, one height specific (tape 1 or 2, depending on the animal's height) and two for general use (tapes 3 and 4). For horses up to 14.2 hh, weigh tape 1 provided the most accurate estimate of mean (sd) bodyweight (100.5 [6.2] per cent), and weigh tapes 3 and 4 were 112 (6.8) and 97.0 (6.1) per cent accurate, respectively. For horses more than 14.2 hh, weigh tape 2 provided the most accurate estimate of bodyweight (98.6 [18.4] per cent), with weigh tapes 3 and 4 being 102.6 (17.4) and 90.8 (15.2) per cent accurate, respectively.

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