Tennessee Walker Gelding: How tall? - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 14 Old 06-07-2013, 02:11 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 4
• Horses: 1
Tennessee Walker Gelding: How tall?

Hello... new here

I'm thinking about buying this Walker gelding. He is four years old and currently is 15hh. Can he grow very much after four? Is it possible that he could get to be 16 hands?

Thanks, sorry can't figure out how to upload pics.
CivilWarCavalry is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 14 Old 06-07-2013, 02:12 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 2,841
• Horses: 0
Horses usually grow til they are 7.
Posted via Mobile Device
Cowgirls Boots is offline  
post #3 of 14 Old 06-07-2013, 05:40 PM
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 1,927
• Horses: 0
Originally Posted by Cowgirls Boots View Post
Horses usually grow til they are 7.
Posted via Mobile Device
I don't think you can make a blanket statement such as that, Cowgirls Boots.

Horses come in such a variety of sizes and breeds, how they mature, really depends on that. For example, a Miniature Horse will be much more mature at three, than a Clydesdale or Shire. I think the 'in-between' size horses, usually get their full height at about 3 1/2 or 4. After that they fill out for a year and a fully mature at about 5.

There are of course, horses who have not had a particularly good start in life, who will suddenly shoot up in height much later. And with horses who have received reasonable care, a lot depends on genetics and how slowly or quickly, their parents reach full height or maturity. The best bet is to look at parents and one will have some idea of how tall their offspring will likely be by about 5 or 6, when you would probably not expect further growth.

JCnGrace likes this.
FeatheredFeet is offline  
post #4 of 14 Old 06-07-2013, 06:45 PM
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Middle Tennessee
Posts: 5,942
• Horses: 0
Pretty much what FeatheredFeet said.

I bought two of my TWH's as coming 3 year olds.

The 14.3H fella in my avatar had his height by that time.

The 16.1H fella grew until he was around six years.

Along with quality of care while they are still in their formative years, genetics may also enter into how tall the horse will get.

Regarding uploading pics: I'm not sure if you have to make certain number of posts before you can upload??

They can either be uploaded to your album on Horse Forum then copied into your post.

Or loaded into Photobucket or some other on-line service, then click on the "insert image" square icon in the top bar and copy/paste the URL link

You may be able to post pics directly from a Smartphone but I don't have one, so don't know the process

A Good Horseman Doesn't Have To Tell Anyone; The Horse Already Knows.
walkinthewalk is online now  
post #5 of 14 Old 06-07-2013, 07:19 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 2,841
• Horses: 0
I was making a more generalized statement. Most regular sized horses tend to fill out and grow until 5/7. An Appaloosa I use to own is still growing at 7. Doesn't mean all are this way but was a very generalized statement. Apologies for that
Posted via Mobile Device
Cowgirls Boots is offline  
post #6 of 14 Old 06-07-2013, 07:40 PM
Super Moderator
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: USA
Posts: 22,218
• Horses: 7
quarter horses tend to grow at a slower rate. I think they go height-wise until about 7 years and then width wise until around 10.

I think walking horses finish out a little earlier but I'm not positive. My first walking horse was in his teens when I got him but my mare was about 5 years old, 9 months pregnant and very underweight. It feels like she may have gotten taller since I've had her but I have a feeling she just put on weight and muscled out.

My guess is you might get another inch?

"Be a best friend, tell the truth, and overuse I love you
Go to work, do your best, don't outsmart your common sense
Never let your prayin knees get lazy
And love like crazy"
farmpony84 is offline  
post #7 of 14 Old 06-07-2013, 08:54 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 4
• Horses: 1
Thanks Cowgirls Boots, FeatheredFeet, walkinthewalk, and farmpony84.

It suppose it depends on the individual horse. I hope he doesn't get much taller. Would like him to stay in the 15 hand range, but who knows what will happen.

Thanks for the reply's.
CivilWarCavalry is offline  
post #8 of 14 Old 06-07-2013, 08:57 PM Thread Starter
CivilWarCavalry is offline  
post #9 of 14 Old 06-07-2013, 09:29 PM
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Gallant, Alabama
Posts: 2,470
• Horses: 8
Horses generally grow height-wise until about five and width-wise until around seven. :) So yes, the horse can still grow a bit, but prolly won't reach the height you're hoping. Some will grow in height until about seven, though (my gelding did, lol).

Horseshoe Loop Farm: Home of Gypsie (22 y/o TWH mare), Dakota (10 y/o TWH gelding), Codie (18 y/o Walkaloosa gelding) & Harlow (9 y/o APHA mare)
Britt is offline  
post #10 of 14 Old 06-07-2013, 09:36 PM
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Central Missouri
Posts: 463
• Horses: 1
Not uncommon for them to grow until they are 8 or 9. Most of them stop growing between 5 and 7.

bbsmfg3 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
My Tennessee Walker dirtybird Horse Conformation Critique 13 06-20-2013 01:26 AM
My New Tennessee Walker TraceyAnn Gaited Horses 6 03-13-2012 11:29 AM
Is she a Tennessee Walker? snoggle Gaited Horses 12 06-03-2010 11:37 PM
My new Tennessee Walker :) AlternativeEquineTraining Horse Riding Critique 13 01-06-2010 11:54 AM
tennessee walker KANSAS_TWISTER Horse Breeds 1 03-17-2007 08:01 AM

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