|WikiProject Horse racing||(Rated Start-class, Mid-importance)|
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Should this page be moved? The AfD suggested Length (sport), to also cover, e.g., greyhound and boat racing, but the article would have to be generalized in that case. Length (unit) is inappropriately generic if the article only refers to horse-related measurements, whether in the context of racing or not, since the term is also used for other racing disciplines. Perhaps Length (equestrianism)? Hqb (talk) 21:42, 27 July 2010 (UTC)
Length is a unit of measurement. Hands are also used primarily for horses, yet they remain as length, or unit, or measurement. A "horse length" is 8 feet. But it is not only used for racing, you keep horses in a show ring about a horse's length apart for safety. I personally have no beef with adding in other uses if that's what it takes, but if we were to take this "only one use" logic to its extreme, then we'd have Nautical mile (boating) or knots (wind). Measurements, IMHO, are measurements, no matter what they are for. Montanabw(talk) 03:16, 28 July 2010 (UTC)
- I would be perfectly happy to move the article to horse length (no dab needed); then the opening could say something like, "A horse length, often shortened to just length, is a unit of measurement ....". That OK with you? Hqb (talk) 05:54, 28 July 2010 (UTC)
- Hmmm. Let me mull it over a bit. The problem is if you use a dictionary and look up "length", it does have a definition that includes boat or horse lengths. (example) But on the other hand, as long as it is consistent with other measurement article names (is there one for boat lengths??) and on the appropriate dab page (should someone look up length) This could be an elegant solution. I guess give it 24 hours from my time stamp, I'll pop a quick note over at WPEQ to see if anyone else has issues. If neither myself nor anyone else raises a fuss, I can't think of any good objection at the moment. Montanabw(talk) 18:47, 28 July 2010 (UTC)
All but one of the terms are used in official racing results. The expression "slimmest fraction of a nose" isn't, unless you know different. Will remove in a day or two unless it gets referenced. Tigerboy1966 20:29, 9 May 2012 (UTC)