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        01-18-2011, 10:10 PM
      #11
    Weanling
    Hello everybody
    Here is little more about Nova: We drove about 15 hours to pick Nova up and then drove 18 hours back with her home.. uff.
    -She came from a breeder in OK, she was pretty much unhandled by humans since she was a baby except for worming, shots etc.. so she is a BIG project.. but she lears so quickly.
    -When we got her 3 1/2 weeks ago, she was extremely spooky, was wary of humans and very flighty..
    - I have been messing with her almost every day since and now she will come to me in the pasture, will let me put the halter on, lifts feet, lunges really well and I ponied her off my older mare last Sunday and she did awesome She is very curious horse and very sensitive - I ask her something once and she will do it with no hesitation - the other day I loaded her in my friends small 2 horse straight load trailer.. well I did not mean to load her -- but she just followed me into it when I went to put some tack inside LOL!

    - I love that about young horses because they don't know much and if they have no bad experience they learn sooo quick - it's very encouraging
    The one thing I am worried about her is that she seems quite small - I sticked her at 13.3HH 2 weeks ago. I did not get to see her dam or sire in person. Her sire is Cruisin for Color (Son of Color Me Smart out of Little Lena - whom was a small horse)
    - we have started her on good hay and mix of grains - she already seems to be filling in a little bit. She is still butt high by 2-3 inches over her withers I think her diet consisted only of what grew outside before we got her - so I am hoping she will grow at least few more inches with proper nutrition.. she will be 2 years old on January 20th. Did your QHs grow more after turning 2 years old? She is really my first "baby".
         
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        01-18-2011, 11:55 PM
      #12
    Started
    I got my Arabian mare at 4 in November of '09, she turned 5 in March of '10. Different breed I know, but she was roughly 13.2-3 when I got her, was on one flake of alfalfa am and 1 pm for at least 6 months before I got her. I put her on free fed bermuda, and a flake and a half of alfalfa twice a day, plus some omelene 300. I took her off omelene after the first couple of months, and at present, she's about 14.1-2. Your girl should still grow a bit, especially if she gets more feed. I'd up her hay intake, not so much grain though, I was only feeding my girl 1lb of omelene once a day for the first month, then for the next two, was only feeding her half a pound. I would get a grain like Omelene 300 which is formulated for growing horses if you are going to go the grain route.
         
        01-19-2011, 12:03 AM
      #13
    Yearling
    MyBrandy, you asked about growth past 2 yrs of age.
    She should keep growing to at least 4 years, taller & fuller.

    I have also heard that in more severe weather areas, I.e., Montana compared to California, horses reach their full growth maturity slower.
    My QH mare seemed to reach her full size at age 4, and her foal, gelded at 8mths, did not reach his full size until he was closer to 6. He put on a bit of height as well as just plain filled out after I really thought he was done growing....


         
        01-19-2011, 08:52 AM
      #14
    Weanling
    Thank you for all the tips guys.. that makes me feel a lot better knowing that she will still grow. My other mare Brandy was an adoption from local horse rescue (in this picture) - we got her a year ago. She is now about 6 years old. She grew this past year about 2" (she is about 15.2HH - did not stick her) but I thought that was because she was starved before.. when the rescue got Brandy 2 years ago she was really starved she looked like a weanling.
    - about Nova's diet: she is now on alfa alfa/ grass mix hay, (2 flakes in the AM and 1 flake in PM) 1 scoop of oat/safechoice/sweetfeed mix in AM and in PM. I cannot feed her straight alfa alfa hay because that is what the breeder put her on few days before we got her and she got nasty diarrhea from it.. her poop is fine now
    - By the way in this picture Brandy has round belly - but it's not hay belly - she is almost 8 months in foal
         
        01-19-2011, 08:54 AM
      #15
    Weanling
    And yes this picture is taken about 2 weeks ago when we had no snow here in Chicago - she has no winter hair because she is usually blanketed
         
        01-19-2011, 10:12 AM
      #16
    Yearling
    Love that half blue half brown eye. She is so... beautiful so nicely put together. She will definitely grow. They don't stop going to about five or so. She will most likely have a big spurt just before three which will make he big enough and sturdy enough to start riding. I think she will probably end up being around 15hh but don't quote me on that. Just from the looks of them sometimes you can see they have a lot of growing into themselves.
         
        01-20-2011, 08:01 PM
      #17
    Yearling
    She is adorable! I love the photography as well. Good luck, I hope to see more of her!
         
        01-21-2011, 05:16 PM
      #18
    Yearling
    Lovely colors, and definitely a beautiful horse. You must have been very good this year to get such a lovely gift from Santa! ^^
         
        01-21-2011, 05:18 PM
      #19
    Foal
    My gosh..... that's just perfect! Love it
         
        01-21-2011, 05:29 PM
      #20
    Weanling
    Aww... thank you - yes both "Santa" and I were very good and worked really hard this past year! Now we are waiting for number 3 to show up in next few months
    That will be my first foal.. so I feel like this coming spring I will be a mom with a teenager, toddler and a newborn haha!
    You can see Brandy's "husband" and father on the new baby to come in my other post:
    What color will the baby be?

    Thank you everybody!
         

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