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  • 18 month old horse with mutton withers
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    08-21-2011, 11:05 PM
  #11
Weanling
I've never heard of mutton withers, but if you mean very small withers, my horse has the same problem. She's 7, so I guess she never grew out of it, lol. Saddle fitting is a bit weird, especially since her mane goes to the bottom of her "withers," but i've found a most saddles still fit with a breast plate. My horse is a morgan and i'm guessing her up built neck has something to do with the way her withers look, as well as her overall pudgyness... I wouldn't worry about your guy, even if he ends up having no withers it's not the end of the world =P



Oh yeah, my mare looks a lot like MHFoundation Quarters's bay mare, except darker and more morgan-ish
     
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    08-21-2011, 11:18 PM
  #12
Trained
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Originally Posted by csimkunas6    
Wow!! Really!! Sounds like he is a big boy then! Would love to see some more pics of him :)
I put some pics up in the Horse Pics forum.
     
    08-21-2011, 11:33 PM
  #13
Yearling
My Arab is a little over 2 and I got him when he was 18 months. He had virtually no withers then but now he has wonderful, beautiful withers to match his wonderful, beautiful body! He's pretty even right now, too, but I'm noticing his butt getting a little higher! It's so fun to watch them grow up
     
    08-21-2011, 11:37 PM
  #14
Showing
Like others have said, the withers don't seem to normally develop well until they are older. Rafe didn't have any until he was about 18 months old. Even now at 2, they aren't huge, but they're big enough to keep a saddle on.
     
    08-22-2011, 08:29 AM
  #15
Green Broke
Thanks for all the replies! Like IngigosBlue said though, even if he doesnt grow out of it, its not the end of the world, I just wanted to know the possibilities of him out growing it, so I could be prepared for it as he gets older :) Thanks again!
     
    08-22-2011, 08:29 AM
  #16
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum    
I put some pics up in the Horse Pics forum.
Great!!! He's such a handsome guy....love seeing pics of him!!
     
    08-22-2011, 08:52 AM
  #17
Showing
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Originally Posted by csimkunas6    
Thanks MHFondation Quarters!!! Makes me feel better!!! I think my problem is, I look at yearling, and warmblood yearlings, and they all look so, I don't know, developed, and so complete! Thanks again
No problem! The yearling year is when they will be their wonkiest (and most rotten!) Stock breeds mature fairly slowly, we've had some gain height into their 6 yo year. Pella is 13.2 now, her sire is 14.2 & dam 15hh, I was kinda hoping that she'd stay pony sized for my daughter but I don't think it's going to happen.
     
    08-22-2011, 09:17 AM
  #18
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by MHFoundation Quarters    
No problem! The yearling year is when they will be their wonkiest (and most rotten!) Stock breeds mature fairly slowly, we've had some gain height into their 6 yo year. Pella is 13.2 now, her sire is 14.2 & dam 15hh, I was kinda hoping that she'd stay pony sized for my daughter but I don't think it's going to happen.
Yeah, I knew that their yearling year was the funkiest...lol, I was kinda hoping he was over the yearling fuglies, but obviously not. Don't get me wrong though, he doesnt look as goofy as he did for a while there. LOL, for a little while, Id look at him, and say to myself "what did I buy?" LOL.

That's a bummer that she's not staying pony sized for your daughter. Rodeo's sire, Timeraker was I believe was 16.0, or even 16.1hh, and his dam was 15.3hh. So Im hoping he will be at least 15.3hh. I measure hikm on 7/7 and he was 14hh, so we'll see :)

To me though, when I look at his full brother(heres the link to that post
What do you think of this horse's confo? ) I see a lot more Thoroughbred, but when I look at Rodeo, he seems to not have, if any TB characteristics. Does anyone see TB traits on him?
     
    08-22-2011, 09:58 AM
  #19
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by MHFoundation Quarters    
The yearling year is when they will be their wonkiest (and most rotten!) Stock breeds mature fairly slowly, we've had some gain height into their 6 yo year.
Gosh, that is really good for me to hear! My 13 month old gelding was rotten from the day he was born! I swear I've been working on manners for 13 months! Lately, the past week or so, it's like it's all finally starting to stick and he's actually starting to "chill out" and respect my space. It's so nice! I just hope it's not just the warm weather or something. Although the weather was a lot warmer 1-2 months ago and he was naughty then.

When do you think colts start maturing mentally? I do pray we are now finally making progress.

My colt is 1/2 Fox Trotter, 1/2 Quarter Horse.

I have a friend with purebred QH's and she has had some gain height into their 6 yr old year too, despite many people feeling they are done growing by then.
     
    08-22-2011, 10:09 AM
  #20
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by csimkunas6    
To me though, when I look at his full brother(heres the link to that post
What do you think of this horse's confo? ) I see a lot more Thoroughbred, but when I look at Rodeo, he seems to not have, if any TB characteristics. Does anyone see TB traits on him?
It's hard for me to say, because to me, MY colt looks like a TB right now (and he has no TB in him)! I am not use to having a young horse, so they all look kind of like small dainty Thoroughbreds to someone who is not used to having a yearling!

But I bet Rodeo will make 16 hands or better. I say that because my colt is a similar height (14-14.1 right now at 13 months) and every time my vet sees him he says "that's going to be a big horse." My colt doesn't have exceptionally tall parents either. His mom is 15.1 and his dad I didn't measure, but is similar. Neither is close to 16 hands. So I would think there is no reason your guy shouldn't make the height of his parents.

Have you tried the "string test?" The one you measure from mid-knee to coronet band? That puts my guy at 16.1, which is similar to what my vet said just eye-balling him based on his experience with horses.
     

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