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Biometrics are used in the horse industry to gather data from the physical measurements of thoroughbred horses. Discover how the data is used to predict a horse's performance with advice from a horse biometrics specialist in this video on horse pedigree.
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My name is Cecil Seaman and I measure and evaluate thoroughbred racehorses for racing and breeding. We've got a database of over 90,000 horses reflected over the last 30 years, and we've measured several hundred champions and millionaires and 1,200 group one winners from all over the world. We go to all the major horse sales in America and abroad, mostly Europe, England, Ireland, France. We've measured stallions. We've got over 6,000 stallions in our database. We provide our client with information so they can make the scientific decisions on selecting and buying and breeding thoroughbred racehorses. It's a tool. It's not the answer to everything, but it gives you a head start and we've got clients that have got phenomenal numbers for the thoroughbred industry. We physically measure the skeletal structure of the thoroughbred horse as yearlings, two year olds or as full-grown horses, and if they are yearlings or two year olds we've got a growth curve in our computer that projects what the horse is going to look like when he is 44 to 48 months of age. Our computer, after we enter the numbers for the measurements of the different bones and the body lengths and the height and the mass and the girth, the computer analyzes all that data, compares it with the data in our database and even down to the horses with their race records from different combinations of measurements. It's a scientific end of the thoroughbred, selecting thoroughbreds by using computers and exact numbers than it is eyeballing horses and buying with that method.