HELP HELP HELP...Stunted Gelding???

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    02-06-2009, 02:13 PM
Post HELP HELP HELP...Stunted Gelding???

I bought a qh gelding in September of 2008. He's 3 going on 4 in May. He stands at MAYBE (haven't measured) 14 hands right now. He has grown about 2 inches since I got him, but that's about it. Both his dam and sire were true 15.1. Is he going to grow anymore at all? Is there something I can do to help it? Thanks for your help!!!!!
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    02-06-2009, 02:38 PM
Just give him some time and let him grow, he's still young and will be doing a ton of changing, it can also be a factor of when he was gelded, casturation can cause geldings to be a little stunted, but not always a factor. Most younger colts left a stud as a 3 -4 year old will have more height.

His lineage can play a factor in it too, sonny dee bar bred horses, usually don't stop growing upward until 7, so that can play a big role.
    02-06-2009, 02:45 PM
What is his breeding???
I am having the same problem that you are right now. My 2 year old gelding is small for his age. He is 14.3 at the most which isnt really tall most of his siblings are at leat 15 hands right now.
Anyways growing depends on a lot of things. My friends mare was 14 hands until she was 3 and then as a three year old grew to mature at 15.2 fully grown she grew till she was 7 though. What is wierd is she is a quarter horse usually they mature fairly quickly. My friend ran into someone that had a mare that had the same breeding than her mare did and my friend was telling her how she grew so slow and the lady said that it was in her breeding they just mature really slow.
    02-06-2009, 02:56 PM
He is a quarter horse gelding. He can be registered with AQHA but I haven't done it. You can view his dam (Holey San Gold) and sire (Westphal Question) at I'm really not heavy into the lineage but if you check these two out maybe you could help me out? I don't know when he was gelded, but I think it was before he was 2. And please tell me if I'm measuring correctly as well- I was tought that a hand was approx 4 inches and to measure at the midpoint of the back and not the whithers.
    02-06-2009, 03:39 PM
It is done at the highest point on the withers.
Visit this site, It can help you accuratly messaure him.
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His dam Holey San Gold, is bred just about the exact same as one of my mares and she is 14.3 - she is about 9, and done growing of course, but she is very short, and we recently bred her to a 16h stud bred sonny dee bar and while her half brothers are 16h+ our filly is quiet short. Considering this mare is bred from lines of cutting horses, its most likely they were smaller, and she was smaller, your gelding may stay quiet small, for being cow/reining bred.

On the stud, alot of poco bueno horses seem to be either short or huge, my 5 year old is poco bueno bred, and she is just about 16h. Sadly! I wish she were a bit smaller.

What are you planning on doing with him?? I would just give it some time, Coming into a 4 year old he's going to be still growing upward. Usually by 5 they start growing width wise.
    02-06-2009, 03:46 PM
I just bought him as a companion horse for trail riding mostly. But I do come from a family that is involved in game days and recreational ropings. I'm getting him patterned on barrels and starting sit-back stops for breakaway roping. I know he's young and I wanted to buy a younger horse so I could fully train him the way I wanted. I just can't see getting rid of him if he doesn't grow anymore. I've been told to sell him because he's so small but he's also VERY young. He's probably the most mellow, level-headed 3 y/o you will EVER see. I'm not wanting to do any heavy gaming. I just want a SLIGHTLY larger horse. I'm not the smallest person in the world (5'7") and I feel like a giant when I ride. So hopefully he will grow. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Is there anything I can give him to support healthy bone growth? Thanks so much for all of your help! :)
    02-06-2009, 05:09 PM
Im sure there are some kind of supplements out there, but I wouldnt do any growth supplements because it could distort his growth plates now, or affect him during an older age. Just allow him to grow and give it some time, I wouldnt sell him because of his height. We breed and raise alot of foals and they are always changing and growing, and once he reachs about 5 I would then make the decision based on his height whether you keep or sell him, but for what you would like to do, I wouldnt worry about his height our yours. Smaller horses can move just as quick as those big ones!! I prefer shorter anyway hehe. My bf is 6'1 and rides all my little reining horses and actually doesnt look giant on them, but he prefers the littler horses over the bigger ones too.

So really its up to you, but I would wait it out, esp if he is a level headed 3 year old, those are good keepers!
    02-06-2009, 05:27 PM
Also even if he isnt tall if he is cow bred then he should be stocky.Stocky horses look taller than they really are so you will look fine on him. Just have to wait and see what he turns out to be when he stops growing and filling out.
    02-06-2009, 05:41 PM
Thanks for the advice. I was just raised around the big stocky horses (15.2 to 16) so I guess I just need to bring my expectations of size down a peg or two. He is an amazing horse and he will be staying with me even if he doesn't grow much more. I'm going to go home and measure him CORRECTLY now just to see where he's at. I had also heard a rumor (and I mean a far-fetched source) that the distance from the fetlock to the hock should be the same or close to the same as the distance from the hock to the hip/shoulder. To ME that seems like some LOOOONG legs! Is there any way to predict or estimate his finished growing size? Just curious.....Thanks!
    02-06-2009, 07:14 PM
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Originally Posted by imaREINER    
Just give him some time and let him grow, he's still young and will be doing a ton of changing, it can also be a factor of when he was gelded, casturation can cause geldings to be a little stunted, but not always a factor. Most younger colts left a stud as a 3 -4 year old will have more height.

His lineage can play a factor in it too, sonny dee bar bred horses, usually don't stop growing upward until 7, so that can play a big role.
Wish that were true of Walka. He was gelded at three months of age at the same time he had to undergo another operation. He stands at 16h 2. Too tall for my short legs!!!!!!!!

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