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post #1 of 9 Old 02-10-2010, 12:35 PM Thread Starter
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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?
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post #2 of 9 Old 02-10-2010, 12:39 PM
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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.
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post #3 of 9 Old 02-10-2010, 12:41 PM
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^^ 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).
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post #4 of 9 Old 02-10-2010, 12:50 PM
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Some horses grown until they're 9. Not that much though...
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post #5 of 9 Old 02-10-2010, 12:50 PM Thread Starter
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This is visual. It's not 2 inches for sure, but definitely 1 inch. I will measurevthursday.
So it is normal for him to be growing still at 6?
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post #6 of 9 Old 02-10-2010, 03:21 PM
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Yes, some horses can and do up until age 7. Very rarely past it, though.
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post #7 of 9 Old 02-10-2010, 03:56 PM
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My horse grew until she was 7!

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post #8 of 9 Old 02-10-2010, 04:01 PM
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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.
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post #9 of 9 Old 02-10-2010, 04:04 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, thanks everyone. I wasn't sure because I have been told that horses stop growing at 4 or 5, so I was confused.
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