Still growing at 6? - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 9 Old 02-10-2010, 12:35 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 699
• Horses: 2
Still growing at 6?

So I brought chance into the barn last night to groom him, and noticed that he has grown another inch, maybe 2, since I last measured him in October. This means he is now pushing 17hh, and is 6 or 7. He is also about 2 feet thick in his chest, and it's not fat. He is a purebred thoroughbred, was trained but never raced.

So what I want to know is if this is normal, and if anyone else has had this happen before, or is he just a freak-horse?
ilovesonya is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 9 Old 02-10-2010, 12:39 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Indiana
Posts: 4,378
• Horses: 2
Did you actually measure him or is this just a visual observation of growth? I only ask because there are so many things that could make it appear that he has gained that kind of height w/out any actual growth having actually taken place.
themacpack is offline  
post #3 of 9 Old 02-10-2010, 12:41 PM
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Alabama
Posts: 87
• Horses: 0
^^ Visual measure can be hard to do. I have heard of horses growing until they were 6 or so, but not usually 2 inches 4 months (at that age).
AlabamaHorseMom is offline  
post #4 of 9 Old 02-10-2010, 12:50 PM
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 249
• Horses: 0
Some horses grown until they're 9. Not that much though...
Annaland13 is offline  
post #5 of 9 Old 02-10-2010, 12:50 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 699
• Horses: 2
This is visual. It's not 2 inches for sure, but definatly 1 inch. I will measurevthursday.
So it is normal for him to be growing still at 6?
ilovesonya is offline  
post #6 of 9 Old 02-10-2010, 03:21 PM
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Stroudsburg, Pa
Posts: 984
• Horses: 4
Yes, some horses can and do up until age 7. Very rarely past it, though.
kassierae is offline  
post #7 of 9 Old 02-10-2010, 03:56 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Kansas in the summer, Kentucky most of the time
Posts: 3,028
• Horses: 3
My horse grew until she was 7!

Look like a SUPERSTAR, Ride like a FOUR STAR, Win like a ROCKSTAR
Eventers: Making BAD Dressage look GOOD!
eventerdrew is offline  
post #8 of 9 Old 02-10-2010, 04:01 PM
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Nevada City
Posts: 1,613
• Horses: 2
Most horses are not done completely growing until they are about 6 or 7 years old. Most of the noticeable growth is done between birth and about 3 or 4 years, with the obvious butt to withers growth spurts happening. Warmbloods and draft horses in particular are very slow growing horses, with some even at 8 still growing. But just as with people, not all horses are the same. I have an Arabian that at 4 years old is still doing large growth spurts, and will continue to grow until she's about 7, based on her bloodlines, but I have also known horses that at 3 or 4 are just about as tall as they are going to be, and the rest of the growth is just bulking up. The easiest way to check, is to stick the horse (measure), and a month later, stick him again, and then the month after that, ect., and see what the results are.
dressagebelle is offline  
post #9 of 9 Old 02-10-2010, 04:04 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 699
• Horses: 2
Ok, thanks everyone. I wasn't sure because I have been told that horses stop growing at 4 or 5, so I was confused.
ilovesonya is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
All growing up.. Attitude05 Horse Pictures 11 02-08-2010 04:24 PM
Jynxy is growing up! MacabreMikolaj Horse Videos 1 09-12-2009 11:27 AM
Will It Keep Growing? BackInTheSaddleAgain Horse Talk 8 07-04-2009 05:37 PM
Growing out tails kljumper14 Horse Grooming 15 09-09-2008 06:24 PM
growing? melinda27858 Horse Health 1 08-23-2008 01:36 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome