Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum
I have a question for other half-draft owners.
Aires has been going through an odd growth spurt lately. He is growing vertically (probably around 16.1-16.2hh now), but is becoming EXTREMELY narrow. So narrow that my friend's semi-QH bar Circle Y saddle that fits her narrow arab is too wide for him. Anyone else's half-draft go through a phase like this? PLEASE tell me he'll broaden out again!! He's by no means skinny, he's just...narrow. With no withers...at all.
I can't answer for every horse. Like people, they're not all the same.
I've seen them keep filled out as they got taller. Get leaner and keep a lean shape. Thin down and fill back out. There are different things that can also play a part (e.g. Genetics, diet, etc....). I had to put my older mare on a diet when she stopped going up, because she started out out too much. To the point that I had to press harder than should have been needed to feel her ribs.
You'll just have to wait and see. So long as he's not thinner than he should be for good health I wouldn't worry much about it. If he's got too lean he should start bulking up eventually after he stops going upward.
My experience has been that they tend to be such easy keepers too much weight is more often the problem.