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    09-11-2010, 01:16 PM
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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    09-11-2010, 01:24 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 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.
    09-11-2010, 01:36 PM
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
    09-11-2010, 04:19 PM
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!
    09-11-2010, 04:31 PM
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.
    09-11-2010, 10:44 PM
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.
    09-11-2010, 10:55 PM
Wow ! Well then he's got hope :) thank youu !
    09-11-2010, 11:42 PM
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.
    09-12-2010, 12:44 AM
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?
    09-12-2010, 01:03 AM
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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