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post #1 of 21 Old 09-11-2010, 12:16 PM Thread Starter
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Thoroughbred heights

How tall do you think my gelding is going to end up? He's 2 years old, 15.2hh. His mom is 17.2hh and his dad is 16.2hh. I was told that 15.2hh is short for a 2 year old tb, is this true? I mean, it seems kind of big to me. Here's a few pictures to get an idea. Ignore his weight, he's a rescue and I justttt bought him.
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post #2 of 21 Old 09-11-2010, 12:24 PM
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Wikipedia: The typical Thoroughbred ranges between 15.2 to 17.0 hands (62 to 68 inches, 157 to 173 cm) high, averaging 16 hands (64 inches, 163 cm).

That withstanding....you still sometimes will get a short horse no matter what the breeding. Since your horse is a rescue, he might not have gotten enough nutrition to grow to his full potential. He is only 2, so he might still grow some more.
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post #3 of 21 Old 09-11-2010, 12:36 PM Thread Starter
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yeah but i'm wondering if anyone else had a two year old and what their horses heights were and are now. I mean 15.2 isn't that short, i'm not even 5'2 and i'm done growing, but I do hope he reaches at least 16hh. G

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post #4 of 21 Old 09-11-2010, 03:19 PM
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He's still growing, I had a thoroughbred a few years ago, he was 5, and in the years I had him he grew .3hh, so I would imagine at 2 theres still alot of height to gain. I'm not really sure if that's answering you're question, but I hope it was helpfull!
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post #5 of 21 Old 09-11-2010, 03:31 PM Thread Starter
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that was helpful! I mean I figure 15.2hh isn't a bad horse size.. & I know they grow til at least 5, but yesterday someone was like "he's only 15.2hh at 2?" he's going to be small. He's only 2 1/2 ! I thought he was big for that age.

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Aidan was right around 15.2 or 15.3 till he was 4 1/2 and then somewhere between 5-6 he shot up to 16.3....I really did think he was done around 16 but I swear he had a huge growth spurt in 6 months which was surprising to me.

My friends gelding was 16.3 last fall and I was measuring him for a blanket today and he felt HUGE..I think he has got to be over 17hh now and he's just turned 6 over the summer.

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post #7 of 21 Old 09-11-2010, 09:55 PM Thread Starter
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wow ! Well then he's got hope :) thank youu !

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My trainer got her TB gelding as a scrawny 4yr old, & he was about 15.3hh. By the time he was 6, he was a 16.2 gorgeous, well-muscled horse. I'd be pretty surprised if your boy didn't shoot up at least a couple more inches.
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post #9 of 21 Old 09-11-2010, 11:44 PM Thread Starter
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i'm really worried about his weight and i'm concerned that his lack of nutrients as a youngster is going to stunt his growth or effect him in the future. /: i've never owned a horse this young. Is 15.2hh a decent size for a 2 year old?

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post #10 of 21 Old 09-12-2010, 12:03 AM
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For a TB, yes, I'd think that was a decent enough size - obviously not as big as he maybe could have been with proper nutrition, but I'd assume he'll continue to grow a bit since he's only 2. Talk to your vet about feeding recommendations so that you can help him get back some of those nutrients that he's been lacking.
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