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    10-29-2009, 12:51 AM
How tall will he top out at?


Either heís growing again or Iím seeing things... I see my boy almost every day, so he always looks to be on the shorter side to me, even though heís 15.2 hands at three and a half years old.

Anyway, he never looks taller unless heís growing again, and I think he is... though heís not all rangy-looking (legs look too long, neck too short, bum too high, etcetera...) like he usually is when he starts shooting up in height. If anything, he looks more mature and more like a Ďhorseí now and less like a gelding-colt.

Iím 5Ē7, so Iím hoping he grows another few inches... His sire is only 15 hands, and his dam is 15.1 hands, but his grandsire on his sires side is almost 17 hands, his grandsire on his dams side was 16.2 hands (I think), his granddam on his dams side was 15.3 hands, and I canít remember how tall his granddam on his sires side was... Most of his sires get have been between 15.2 and 16.2 hands... his half-brother (who is four and a half) is just a few centimeters shy of 16 hands and thick! The only thing I really donít like about how my boy is growing is the fact that heís slim with kinda high withers... like the Ďstereotypical Walkerí (and also like his grandsire on his sires side... not skinny, just tall and slim with prominent withers). I just donít get it... my boyís dam could be mistaken for a Quarterhorse when sheís muscled up well (she has been mistaken for one, along with TB-cross, Warmblood, Standardbred, and a few other breeds) and his sire is pretty thick...

Iíll get off my... whatever Iím on... and post pics now... My great grandmother (standing next to my boy in one of the pics) is five feet two inches.

My boy, Dakota

Dakotaís sire, Bear (age 24)

Dakotaís dam, Gypsie (age 15)

Dakotaís grandsire on his sireís side, Mac (age... in his 30ís)

Dakotaís half-brother through his sire, Sugar Bear (age 4)

I donít have any pics of his granddams or other grandsire... theyíre all dead. I donít remember much about his granddam on his sires side, either... I wasnít really into horses a whole lot back when she died. I never met my mares sire and dam, I just know their names (Ramrod Gem & Moonlight Bay), registries (TWHBEA & RHA, though both were Tennessee Walkers), color (chestnut with a hind sock and a blaze & bay roan with no markings), and heights (as mentioned before, 16.2 hands & 15.3 hands).

Every horse on Dakotaís sires side are TWHBEA registered.
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    10-29-2009, 01:37 AM
Quite the lovely family! I'm no help with what you're wondering though.
    10-29-2009, 02:36 AM
You gotta remember that he is still a youngster. Koda took a growth spurt and shot up another 2 inches after I started riding him as a 5 year old. Denny got thicker every year up until he was about 8 or 9. Most horses won't completely stop growing in some form or another (the skeleton stops growing before they stop bulking up on muscle) until they are around 6 or 7 years old. Some grow longer and others reach their full potential younger. He still has plenty of time to get both taller and thicker. His general confo could still change a bit too.
    10-29-2009, 01:04 PM
I know... I really, really hope so, too. I want him at least as thick as his sire and a little taller... Lol. I guess this post was really to show off my boy (again, XD) and kinda ''rant-in-a-good-way'' a little about how he's getting taller again yet is staying slim, so he looks kinda... funky... and mature.
    10-29-2009, 01:28 PM
One lady at my barn does the string test...i guess its really accurate...anyone know how ?
    10-29-2009, 01:40 PM
My neighbor who has owned/raised/trained horses for the past 75 yrs says they will grow until they are 8 or so.
    10-29-2009, 02:03 PM
I've done the string test with my boy and with our two year old filly... it said my boy would grow to be 16.1 hands and the filly would only get to be 14.2 hands (and the filly is already at that height, I think)... so I don't really set much store by it.

I've always head that horses grow upwards (height) until they're 5 and outwards (bulk) until they're 7.
    10-29-2009, 04:41 PM
Handsome boy. And nice looking relaives lol. It wouldnt suprise me if he got taller and thicker. He might reach 15.2 or taller, who knows.
    10-29-2009, 05:09 PM
Lol... he's already 15.2 hands.
    10-29-2009, 05:13 PM
Originally Posted by Britt    
I've done the string test with my boy and with our two year old filly... it said my boy would grow to be 16.1 hands and the filly would only get to be 14.2 hands (and the filly is already at that height, I think)... so I don't really set much store by it.

I've always head that horses grow upwards (height) until they're 5 and outwards (bulk) until they're 7.
i don't think we are talking about the same thing....the one im thinking of doesnt give a number. You measure somewhere on their leg, then you hold it from their shoulder area up & see how tall they will get to. Im just not sure of the details !

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