My AQHA palomino, Flash, is 19 months old and I've had him for a month. After growing up with horses, showing them, training them, etc, he's the first horse that's really 'mine'. I'm a little concerned about how he's going to grow - mainly his back feet and his height.
His back feet are toed out slightly. When we got him, his back hooves were long and we immediately got him trimmed. I'm pretty sure I don't need to be too concerned even if he stays how he is, but I'd just like to get some second opinions.
The other thing, and what I'm currently more concerned about, is that he's just so TINY. He's got good build, but he's so short! I measured him the other day and he stands at about 4'5", or 13.1 hands. I know the trick to measure between the elbow and fetlock, and then the elbow to the wither should be the same distance. Using this method, his withers are short by about 3-4 inches. My shortest QH (11 years old) is 14.3 hands, and the distance between his fetlock and elbow is about an inch longer than my colt's. His rump still looks like it's taller than his wither, but I'm hoping that not just my hopeful imagination haha. I'm cueing him to touch the ground in one of the pictures, so you can see how tall he is compared to me (I'm 5'6"). Should be be taller right now? He's still growing, but tall can I realisticly expect him to grow? I'm hoping he at least gets over 14 hands. If he is really short, what limitations will I have? I don't know how tall the sire and dam were, but his pedigree is at Flashin Dry Jack Quarter Horse.
I'm attaching some pics to help out with this one. I've got plenty more, so let me know if you'd like to see them. I'm clicker training him, and we were playing the "statues" game in these pictures - in other words he poses like this and earns his rewards. Thus the pretty little pose he's offering :)