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  • When does a quarter horse stop growing

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    01-31-2008, 06:04 PM
Height question

Not sure if this is the right place to put this, but when do horses stop growing? Is 4 year old like when they stop? I have a 4 year old appaloosa and was just wondering if she will keep growing for another year or so
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    01-31-2008, 08:45 PM
As far as I know:

QH-type horses are usually completely done growing in height by 4 or 5, but fill out some more after that.
Warmblood types take a lot longer, and won't reach their mature hright till they're 6 or 7. Bleh.
    01-31-2008, 09:25 PM
It all depends on the horse. We bought two AQHA colts together, they were only a few months apart. The younger one topped out at 15 hands at three years old. The older one is still growing and he is coming up on five now. The last I checked he is about 16.1
    02-01-2008, 10:16 AM
Thank so much DressageIt and 8horses!

I have noticed since last winter, Vega has filled out and I think grew a little bit. Her 74" inch winter blanket was big on her last year, and is now snug on her this year.

Does that whole measuring of the leg to see the final height really work?
    02-02-2008, 07:37 AM
I don't know why but my 8 yo warmblood has grown about 3/4 of an inch since we got him that doesnt answer your question much I just id add that
    02-02-2008, 10:40 AM
That's alright Jazzy.

Is there a way to measure a horse's height without having a height stick? Like, I can use string, or even my hand?
    02-02-2008, 07:00 PM
I used one of those measuring tapes from my hubbys tool box lol I just had to get a stick to hold on top of his wither and out to the tape as the tape doesnt bend. Another time I tied bailing twine together and measured him with that. After id measured I laid the twine on the ground and measured it with a tape measure.

Theres heaps of ways you could do it really :) if you know of something that is exactly 4" you could use that to measure with
    02-03-2008, 12:05 PM
I'll either find something that's four inches, or making something that's four inches. I'm really curious to see how tall she is. Thanks to much Jazzy!
    02-03-2008, 02:14 PM
Quarter Horse-type horses, by what I heard, grow until they're 5 years old.
    02-03-2008, 05:30 PM
Well she is like 1/2 quarter horse, I believe.

I didn't measure her today, but I let her run around in an outdoor arena. Boy did she have fun..and got quite muddy too!

I'll measure her soon tho.

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