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post #1 of 12 Old 08-05-2010, 01:22 PM Thread Starter
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Till what age horse's body keeps changing?

Yeah, I understand horse's body is changing through entire life. Will depend on how much exercise (read, muscles), feed, etc. But my question is they are changing A LOT while they are growing. My horses are 6 years old (qh and paint). Is it a possibility they'll change even more than they are now? I'm mostly concerned if they'll become more wide.
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post #2 of 12 Old 08-05-2010, 01:25 PM
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Probably not, kitten.

Horses grow until they're 6 y/o, so however tall/wide your animals are right now, is most likely how they're going to stay.
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I was told that mares usually mature to size by 5 years, and geldings take about 7 years to mature. Dont know how acurate that is, but my mare has stopped growing at 5 and one of my geldings is the same age but hes still changing.
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Probably not, kitten.

Horses grow until they're 6 y/o, so however tall/wide your animals are right now, is most likely how they're going to stay.
Thanks, SR! I should of ask this question a year ago when I bought my saddle.

My qh was medium towards wide, and my paint was narrow-medium last year when I bought the saddle. They were 5 that time. I talked to my vet and he said my paint is "light" build and will be narrow. After posting pics last month and getting reviews from people here that saddle is too narrow I re-measured them again. Now my qh is wide towards medium, and my paint is WIDE TOWARDS EXTRA-WIDE. She grew SO much for the last 6 months that it's hard to believe. And by measurements I mean I used that Wintec gauge to see the angle of the shoulders. Now the saddle search kicked out again and I really afraid to make a mistake to get a wrong saddle (although I plan on using a saddle fitter this time before I'll pay).
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I was told that mares usually mature to size by 5 years, and geldings take about 7 years to mature. Dont know how acurate that is, but my mare has stopped growing at 5 and one of my geldings is the same age but hes still changing.
Yeah, that what I thought too. But now read my response to SR. My paint went from medium towards narrow at 5 years old to wide towards extra-wide at almost 6. And she's not fat definitely.
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I think it more depends on the horse, some horses don't stop growing until 7 or 8
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Kitten, 6 years is an average, and I've found it to be true with all my horses.

Of course, I've always had geldings so don't know really anything about mares or how long they take to finish growing.
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Of course, I've always had geldings so don't know really anything about mares or how long they take to finish growing.
I always had a feeling that mares grow faster (hey, isn't it true for women as well! ). My paint definitely very slow in mental development (and I compare it against my qh), looks like in physical too. Oh, well.... I'll pray she'll stop widening at this point. :)
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With a QH they can grow height-wise until about 7. (Obviously the amount per year slows after age 5). They continue to grow widthwise until they are about 10.

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Usually by 6 they're pretty much "done," but they can develop a bit more muscle between now and 8, but I'd think only if you're doing a lot of training or distance riding.
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