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Hi I'm Teri Carter of Saddlebrook Stables in Castle Hayne, North Carolina. And today I am going to talk to you about how to use a measuring tape to effectively get a horse's weight. For this you are going to need a measuring tape, a lead rope and space. The first thing you do is you get a measuring tape that shows the horse's weight on the side. And Purina makes a nice little tape. One side measures the weight in horse's, the horse's weight in pounds and the other side measures how many hands tall they are. The first thing you want to do is make sure your horse is untacked and standing calmly and quietly so that you can get an effective weight without them jumping around. The next thing you want to do is take the side of the tape that tells you the weight and you want to lay it over the horse's withers and that is this bump. This little bump here that connects the horse's neck to the horse's back. You lay the tape over the withers and then you want to bring it underneath the horse and basically hold it together and the tape should actually tell you how much the horse weighs. The end of the tape, then end of this tape indicates that this horse weighs between 1160 pounds. Now these things can be, it's more or less a generalized idea of what your horse's weight is. There's really no way to tell exactly how much they weigh unless you put them on an actual scale. But judging from the girth area of the horse, how big the girth is you can get a pretty good idea of how much the horse weighs. So we can guesstimate that this horse probably weighs about 1000 pounds, 1160 pounds. And that is how you use a measuring tape to get a horse's weight.