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post #1 of 21 Old 11-10-2011, 10:45 PM Thread Starter
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When do growing horses level out?

My foal is 16 months old currently (just posted about him in the riding critique section, before there became a separate section for conformation, lol) and I was just wondering something.

Everyone says it is pretty normal for growing horses to be butt-high. And I do pray my baby will grow out of it, but at what age do they tend to level out if they are going to level out? I mean, will it be a few months, or a few years?

I have seen some Quarter Horses that NEVER leveled out, so I know that is a possibility, but assuming they level out, when does that happen usually happen?
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post #2 of 21 Old 11-10-2011, 10:47 PM
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When they're done growing. Anywhere between age 5 and 7. Could be sooner, could be later.
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post #3 of 21 Old 11-10-2011, 11:07 PM
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Depends on the breed and conformation of parents.

Yes there are a lot of the 'western' breeds that have a more downhill tendancy than others so depending on what breed your youngster is, yes it may end up still staying a little downhill.

This is the age to just throw them out in the paddock and not look at them, or risk asking yourself why you brought/bred it :P
My little hanoverian yearling is very butt high at the moment, but you can't tell me he's going to stay that way when he's bred to be uphill ;) The majority of youngsters go through awkward gangly phases. Even up to the age of 7 in some cases, they will have growth spurts and look out of proportion

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post #4 of 21 Old 11-10-2011, 11:14 PM Thread Starter
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Okay, thanks! He's got a lot of growing left to do at his age.

I'm not super worried about it. I didn't even really notice it until I took the latest photos. But that kind of got me to wondering so I thought I would ask. Really, he's been very proportionate up until this point.

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post #5 of 21 Old 11-11-2011, 12:40 AM
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In my experience with stock horses, they are normally close to about as level as they'll be at 3-ish. Sometimes they will continue to teeter-totter a bit, but they mostly stay close to level after that point. I've never seen one older than 3 that had a case of the gangly yearling fugly butt-high-ness LOL.

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post #6 of 21 Old 11-11-2011, 01:00 PM
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Agreed smrobs, about 3 or 4 for the stockier breeds. He is cute

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Agree with smrobs on 3ish. Though we've had a few over the years that grew much later, we had one mare gain a good inch her 6 yr old year.

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post #8 of 21 Old 11-11-2011, 01:27 PM
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An old breeder friend of mine told me, "Look at them at 3 hrs, 3 days, 3 weeks, 3 months and not again til 3 years." And having had a couple who had the worst cases of 'yearling uglies' right up through their 2 year old years, I think she was probably right. LOL!

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post #9 of 21 Old 11-11-2011, 06:07 PM
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I love that saying, Dreamcatcher! XD

Sour actually didn't even begin to look butt-high until she was nearly two years old; but boy did she look crazy for a while! Everyone was starting to wonder if she'd ever be pretty like her mama and daddy ^^ She was a good two inches taller at the butt than the wither, and that's saying a lot for a 36" mini!

She's 3 years, 7 months now; and still tad bit high, but it's less noticable every week. My hope is that she'll be level by four.

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post #10 of 21 Old 11-11-2011, 06:15 PM
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Everyone seems to have covered it I just wanted to welcome you and your youngster to the awkward stage ha! He looks like he will mature into a lovely solid type once he's done emulating Mr. Potatohead

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