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post #1 of 11 Old 10-21-2012, 06:00 PM Thread Starter
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Question Horse Aging Question...

My filly was born in August of 2011. Since horses age one year on January 1st (therefore, January 1st would have hit when she was 5 months old), would she be a yearling this January 1st, or a two-year old?

Riders aren't 16 and pregnant. Riders are 16 and arthritic.
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post #2 of 11 Old 10-21-2012, 06:02 PM
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What registry is she associated with? It isn't all horses that are aged on Jan. 1st, which is why I ask.
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post #3 of 11 Old 10-21-2012, 08:17 PM Thread Starter
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She is APHA.

Riders aren't 16 and pregnant. Riders are 16 and arthritic.
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post #4 of 11 Old 10-21-2012, 10:45 PM
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I could be wrong, but I am under the impression that for breed show purposes, they age on January 1st. So technically, you could have a foal say October 2012, and show it in 2yr old classes starting Jan 2014. Even though the horse would only be 14 months. ( not that I would do that). I've never showed registered horses so I'm just spouting what I've always been told.
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post #5 of 11 Old 10-22-2012, 01:28 AM
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Born in August of 2011.
Technically a yearling January 1st 2012.
Technically a two year old January 1st 2013.

This is part of the reason a lot of farms try to breed for very early foals. That way their two year olds can be a few months older and bigger than some or most.
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I think that has to do with TB's for racing purposes. They want the foals born closest to January, so they are bigger for race day as a 2yr old.

However your filly is still a yearling this year and still a 2 year old in 2013.
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post #7 of 11 Old 10-22-2012, 03:50 AM
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for competition purposes age is take from the 1st of Jan, so she would be a yearling this year and a 2yr old in 2013.

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post #8 of 11 Old 10-22-2012, 04:27 AM
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It can be annoying but they all age jan 1st for sure
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post #9 of 11 Old 10-22-2012, 05:53 AM
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I think that has to do with TB's for racing purposes. They want the foals born closest to January, so they are bigger for race day as a 2yr old.

However your filly is still a yearling this year and still a 2 year old in 2013.
It's not just for TBs. Any breed with a futurity is figured that way. As LadyDreamer said, that is the reason why show farms breed specifically to have a foal in the early part of the year.

I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.

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post #10 of 11 Old 10-22-2012, 07:38 AM Thread Starter
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haha, then this filly will be a small 2 year old! I do plan to show her, so that's why I'm asking.

Riders aren't 16 and pregnant. Riders are 16 and arthritic.
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