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post #1 of 11 Old 01-02-2013, 07:07 PM Thread Starter
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Is this healthy???

Today I weighed and measured the height of my horse Breeze. I do not know what month she is born, but since she is a 2011 filly, I am officially calling her a 2 year old.

When I got her, about 4 months ago, she weighed around 700 pounds, and was 13hh.

Today, 4 months later, she is 970 pounds and is 14hh.

Is this a healthy weight for a 2 year old quarter horse? And a good height?


Also, about how much taller will she get? Her dam was about 15.3hh and her sire (I don't know but think) is around 15hh.

Will she get much taller?

I am hoping she will get around 1200lbs and 15hh.
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post #2 of 11 Old 01-02-2013, 07:12 PM
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It isn't about the weight/number on the scale - it's about the body condition. Are you familiar with the body condition scale used for horses?
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post #3 of 11 Old 01-02-2013, 07:14 PM
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As I recall from pictures you previously posted of her, that her weight was good. I had thought she looked like she would be a sturdy horse when she was finished growing. Height wise, I'd guess she'll probably grow another 2 maybe 3". But you never really know until she's reached her mature age.
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post #4 of 11 Old 01-02-2013, 07:25 PM
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Have you tried string measurements to see the height? (they are not always correct, but were very precise for both my mares)

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post #5 of 11 Old 01-02-2013, 08:36 PM Thread Starter
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I did string measure her, she was standing square and I though it was quite accurate. I do know about the overall body condition number, but I thought weight would matter to.
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post #6 of 11 Old 01-02-2013, 09:22 PM
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a reg QH weighs about 980-1280lbs. Depends on if he's broad or slim. Doesnt have anthing to do with weight or unhealthyness, I had 3 totaly different QH weights at my barn and there all healthy just differnt bred. 980lbs,1100lbs,1275lbs. There all about 15'1,15'2,15'3ish.
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post #7 of 11 Old 01-02-2013, 11:33 PM
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If the dam and sire are around 15hh, then your horse will most likely be around 15hh.
She's gaining weight good, so just keep doing what you've been doing since it's obviously working.
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post #8 of 11 Old 01-03-2013, 02:04 AM
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She has a ways (age wise) to grow yet, if she is 14hh now, I would be very surprised if she wasn't 15hh at 4 (it just seems like mares never grow much past 4, but some geldings/studs do). The cannon is as good an indicator of "future mature height" as you can get. Are you worried she will be taller?

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post #9 of 11 Old 01-03-2013, 02:27 AM
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I wouldn't be too worried, as long as there isn't any trouble with the horses diet and has problems moving, etc.

My 2 year old was about...15.2-15.3 and about now she's 16hh. I've heard of a AQHA who was three at the time and was 17.3hh. Although his dam may have been a TB.

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post #10 of 11 Old 01-03-2013, 03:04 PM Thread Starter
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She has a ways (age wise) to grow yet, if she is 14hh now, I would be very surprised if she wasn't 15hh at 4 (it just seems like mares never grow much past 4, but some geldings/studs do). The cannon is as good an indicator of "future mature height" as you can get. Are you worried she will be taller?
I am hoping she will get 15hh, but I am hoping she doesn't get any taller then 15.2hh because I like shorter horses better then tall ones. I am hoping she does get taller then 14.3 though.

When I got her she was 13hh, that was 4 months ago, now she is 14hh. She grew a whole hand in 4 months.
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