Need some reassurance (kind of silly, really)
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Horse Breeds, Breeding, and Genetics > Horse Breeds > Draft Horses

Need some reassurance (kind of silly, really)

This is a discussion on Need some reassurance (kind of silly, really) within the Draft Horses forums, part of the Horse Breeds category

    Like Tree8Likes

     
    LinkBack Thread Tools
        10-20-2013, 11:25 PM
      #1
    Trained
    Need some reassurance (kind of silly, really)

    Ok. So Aires is now 4.5-years-old. Haven't officially measured him, but he's grown A LOT recently and is pushing 16.3hh. His head, however, is still ridiculously huge. Not wide (he takes a 5.5" bit), just looooooong. Had to drop his English headstall two holes to fit him (it was set at 52" from bit to bit and is now probably close to 54-55").

    Has anyone with a draft or draft cross had one with a ridiculously large, disproportionate head that grew into it? I just feel like he's going to be this big-headed monstrosity forever.

    (FWIW, my estimation that he is 16.3hh comes from the fact that I am 5'7" [67"] and was wearing boots with a 1" heel when I was at the barn on Thursday. I converted 16.3hh to inches and got 65.2". Using a tape measure, I compared where the 65.2" mark was in relation to where Aires' withers and they were just about the same).
    Posted via Mobile Device
         
    Sponsored Links
    Advertisement
     
        10-20-2013, 11:42 PM
      #2
    Started
    My previous mare was Suffolk Punch x TB. She had an enormously long head and yes, it did fit with her body. I got her when she was mature so I can't comment on her ugly duckling stage but can say that when I had her she looked great
         
        10-20-2013, 11:46 PM
      #3
    Green Broke
    I bought a TBxClydie yearling years ago and she had a huge head! People used to make fun of her head. She did grow into it though, it was always large, but she finished at about 16.3hh as a five year old, when I sold her, and her head suited her. However I've seen her over the years and she really grew out (sideways) over the following few years and all in all looked in proportion.

    I don't know if you'll get a lot more height, but if he bulks out more will his head look more in proportion?
         
        10-20-2013, 11:47 PM
      #4
    Trained
    I guess I just can't picture him growing into this noggin.


    Posted via Mobile Device
         
        10-20-2013, 11:55 PM
      #5
    Started
    I suggest you ready yourself for when he DOES grow into that Noggin - which he surely will. You are going to have one big chunky lad on your hands!

    His colouring doesn't help - the white top on his neck makes his neck look way slimmer than it really is. You'll probably be thankful for that too in a few years; it will 'slim him down' to the eye
         
        10-20-2013, 11:56 PM
      #6
    Yearling
    I know nothing about drafts, but to me he looks like he has more growing to do.

    Did you string test him when he was younger? What did it calculate his grown height to be?
         
        10-20-2013, 11:59 PM
      #7
    Showing
    Remember Drafty that most horses will continue to bulk up until they are 7 or 8...and some even later. While it's true that he may not ever grow into his head (one of the curses of having a horse with such opposing breed types LOL), that won't detract from his inner beauty.

    His head is large, yes, but it's not an ugly head so IMHO, it's not so bad.
         
        10-21-2013, 12:05 AM
      #8
    Trained
    He looks like he's got lots of filling out to do, whether he ever grows UP another inch or not! IMO, his head isn't all that large and disproportionate, especially in the picture his neck looks short and very thin in comparison. He also still looks leggy to me.
         
        10-21-2013, 12:07 AM
      #9
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by anndankev    
    I know nothing about drafts, but to me he looks like he has more growing to do.

    Did you string test him when he was younger? What did it calculate his grown height to be?
    I've string tested him several times in the two and a half years I've owned him. I've come up with everything from 16.2hh (which we've passed already) to 17.1hh (which is within sight).

    Note that the pic I put up was taken back in May (right around his birthday). He has bulked up a little since, but he has most noticeably gained height. My best friend was watching me work with him and she said that when I stood behind him at his withers (which I did quite a bit as we were working on yielding his hind), she couldn't see me at all, really.

    Smrobs, I actually love his head and how big it is...I just hope it fits his body eventually. Lol

    Dreamcatcher, his neck isn't nearly as thin in person. Short, yes, but not exactly thin. Before I roached his mane, he looked a lot like a friesian, actually.
    Posted via Mobile Device
         
        10-21-2013, 12:24 AM
      #10
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum    
    Dreamcatcher, his neck isn't nearly as thin in person. Short, yes, but not exactly thin. Before I roached his mane, he looked a lot like a friesian, actually.
    Posted via Mobile Device
    It's probably just the angle of the picture then. I think he's a good looking horse, he just still looks real immature. When he's done with all his filling out and growing, I think he's going to be a stunner.
         

    Thread Tools

    Similar Threads
    Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
    Honest question but kind of silly question about Fjords. Thyme Horse Breeds 13 11-18-2012 11:12 AM
    Switching barns...Just looking for reassurance or something. DotDotDash Horse Boarding 5 09-14-2012 07:22 PM
    Beginner Rider in Lessons and looking for reassurance Lomer Horse Riding 5 02-22-2011 02:03 PM
    I really need some reassurance. asap. x3emilygrace Horse Health 11 10-07-2010 02:41 PM
    Silly, Really Silly question . . . . shona&Fizzi Horse Health 13 06-28-2008 09:03 AM



    All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:57 AM.


    Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
    Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
    Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0