Originally Posted by SarahAnn
My Percheron will be 3 in May and she's STILL lanky and awkward looking. Her chest is narrow and her butt is high! She's 16.3 now, and by the time she grows into that butt I think she'll be about 17hh. Which is a HUGE horse, especially with how thick and drafty she is. I can totally see how someone could "guestimate" that she'd mature to 20 hands, but in reality she probably wont make it much over 17. My husband's told people that she's like 25hh because to him, all that means is HUGE. She SEEMS double the size of a 15hh QH, but she's not quite THAT big! Hahahahaha
LOL, my Shire gelding just started looking like an actual draft this year - and he'll be turning 5 this summer. He grew upward pretty quick, but didn't fill out in his chest and bum for the longest time. I didn't even get on him until late last summer (when he turned 4).
Horses that are wide and thick like drafts always seem SO much bigger to me than they actually are - I always think my gelding is at least 17.2hh but in reality he's probably no taller than 17hh, LOL. Not to say that they can't get that tall! I've seen/heard of some drafts that are crazy tall - not 20hh, but 18/19hh. Definitely not unheard of - it's more the lack of pictures and age that is getting to me.