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        04-24-2009, 02:38 PM
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    How much do horses grow after reaching a year? A farm we drive by to the barn has one or two baby horses each year, and we love watching them grow. Last years baby is probably around 14hh-15hh. How big do you think he will get? I think he's got a lot of growing left, but my parents think he will get no bigger then 15.2hh
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        04-24-2009, 03:08 PM
    Horses CAN grow until they are about 5. Though all horses are different, just like people. I think once you get to 3 you have a pretty good idea of what you've got though. You might gain a quarter inch to a hand after that. How much will they grow after 1? I think it all depends on the horse and his genetics. He definitely has a lot of growing left, but "a lot" is determined by his genetics. I know it's a vague answer... what breed is he, if you know?
    Example: MY horse was 14.3 @ 1 year, if I remember correctly. He sprouted all the way up to 16.3 as the finished product. Paint Stallion 16.1h/TB mare 16h
        04-24-2009, 03:22 PM
    There care can also play a factor, it seems these babies are doing well to be that size at that age sometimes that isn't the case. I've seen several that should have been much larger than they were according to genetics but due to improper nutrition, care they were stunted.
        04-24-2009, 03:38 PM
    That's a good point close2! I love this forum!!
        04-24-2009, 04:28 PM
    And it also depends on what breed they are... Just for an example I have a 1/2 Belgium 1/4 OH and 1/4 Mustang.. I got her when she just turned 3. She was only 15.1.. She is now 8 and she is 16.2... She didn't quite stop growing until she was about 5...
        04-24-2009, 07:45 PM
    Thanks guys, so it seems he will grow a lot. I think he/she is either a Tb or a warmblood cross, judging by his mom. I wish I knew more, but we just see him in his pasture when we drive past. He looks like he will be a refined english type, not a heavy or stocky breed

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