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post #1 of 17 Old 11-20-2012, 04:48 PM Thread Starter
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What age does a horse stop growing?

Last March I bought a QH mare. She turned 7 in Jan. She was advertised as being about 14.2. I swear she has grown another 2 or 3 inches. I notice it when brushing her. When I got her I didn't hardly have to stretch to reach her back and butt. Now I know her but is a lot higher. She either grew or I shrunk
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post #2 of 17 Old 11-20-2012, 05:10 PM
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I always thought 5-7 years they stop growing. I think every breed is different.
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post #3 of 17 Old 11-20-2012, 06:22 PM
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Horses usually start to slow down in their growing at 3 and reach their full height (bone structure-wise) at around 4/5, however that does not mean that they do not build muscle and mass on top of that over time, which can really do alot to a horse's final height

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post #4 of 17 Old 11-20-2012, 06:34 PM
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Maybe you're shrinking
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I bought my girl in June last year ('11), when she was a 3yr. Old. She was exactly 15.0. We measured her with a height stick a month ago, and she is officially 15.3 now. So, hopefully she slows done now that she's 4 almost 5 yrs old. I've always horses continue to grow up till around 6 or 7yrs of age.
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post #6 of 17 Old 11-21-2012, 12:04 AM
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I've had a couple that grew taller past 6
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post #7 of 17 Old 11-21-2012, 10:20 AM Thread Starter
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I was thinking I was shrinking. She has put on quite a bit of weight since I've had her. Had to cut down a bit on feed she was getting really fat!
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Most of my Saddlebreds were done with height by the time they were 3 but they fill out quite a bit after that making them appear to be larger.
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post #9 of 17 Old 11-21-2012, 12:52 PM
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It is usually different depending on what breed
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post #10 of 17 Old 11-21-2012, 01:12 PM
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I was thinking I was shrinking. She has put on quite a bit of weight since I've had her. Had to cut down a bit on feed she was getting really fat!
A wider horse will seem taller. You have to stretch over the width of the horse.
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