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    05-01-2011, 07:36 PM
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How much bigger will a 2yo get??

Not talking about height.

There's a 2(or 3)yo filly I've been offered. Her owners have a breedng herd and she somehow got misplaced as a foal- they didn't know she existed until now! They did halter train her and everything, so she's almost up to snuff. I'm looking for a mid level event prospect, and right now this filly is perfect. She's pretty much textbook when it comes to proper angles and everthing, she's 15hh right now, and probably matureing at 16 so also my perfect size. Only thing is she's a little downhill, but she does look like she's still growing.

So my question:

How much "coarser" will a 2 or 3 yo get?

Right now she's perfect, heavier then a tb but lighter then any of the draft Xs around here. A lighter draft cross if you will. I'm worried though that if she gets much bigger bones she won't be able to be truely competitive.

I also know that the spine is one of the last things to stop growing, do 2/3yos get longer in the back too? She's be ok if she was a few inches longer so that doesn't worry me.

And for vanities sake, do their heads change shape? She's got such a nice head right now I would hate for that to change too XD

Thanks in advance!

ETA: She does have large feet- don't know if that means anything
     
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    05-01-2011, 09:10 PM
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Green Broke
Typically, yes, they will get quite a bit coarser. Shay-la owns a TB/Clydesdale cross, and she hasn't grown an inch since she was about 2.5 years old (topped at 15.3hh) but she's certainly filled out a lot more.

The heads, no. Hence why so many horses tend to look ridiculous as yearlings - their heads don't tend to change shape much past 1-2 years old.

At 2 years old, I wouldn't expect to see her legs get much bigger in terms of bone density, or for her to get a whole lot longer. She'll gain inches and bulk, but that's about it. The skeleton itself is beginning to fuse as it will stay, in the knee and hock joints for example. A 2 year old is usually a pretty good indication of what a horse IS going to look like - she'll thicken up and lose that gangly appearance, but if she's not a whopping Draft now, she's not going to turn into one in the next couple of years.

However, if you're already leery about her size, then take caution. If she's already riding that line of acceptable to you for competition, then it may be best to take a pass.
     

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