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post #1 of 7 Old 09-24-2012, 12:52 PM Thread Starter
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Red face Looking for hope about my new horses height?

So I'm going to pick up my new babies in a couple of weeks! colt and filly half siblings both are shire crosses and both are coming 2y.o. the colt's mother is 16.2hh and the filly's is 15.3hh not positive about the sire but he was also between 15.1hh-16.2hh. However neither of these 2y.o. are showing any prospect of being that tall only standing around 13.1hh. they both have full sisters who are four and both around 15hh. Is there any chance my dinky kids will get any height or will i just have dinky 14hh draft ponies?
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post #2 of 7 Old 09-24-2012, 12:58 PM
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They're only 2 y/o. Unless they haven't been properly nourished, there's no reason to think they'll be pony sized. Horses generally grow unril they're 5 or 6.

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post #3 of 7 Old 09-24-2012, 01:18 PM Thread Starter
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they are in no way malnourished the former owner thinks they wont make it past 15hh shes a equine vet so im not trying to discredit her opinion at all i just am hoping for a little bigger then 15hh lol
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post #4 of 7 Old 09-24-2012, 02:04 PM
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just keep them well fed and let em grow.

a parents/siblings height doesnt always have bearing.

my colts dam was 14hh....he didnt stop growing until about 6 and hes now 16.3hh.

if theyre only two then they have plenty time to grow.

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post #5 of 7 Old 09-24-2012, 06:28 PM
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(Nit trying to sound rude) Why are you buying 2 horses that you think might not be the size you want? You already think they are small, the owner has told you she thinks they are going to be small, and you don't want small draft crosses.
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post #6 of 7 Old 09-25-2012, 12:06 AM
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My MIL had a malnourished filly that actually kept growing a couple inches beyond what she expected. She was hunter pony sized, barely 14-14.1hh, but she stayed butt high for a long time and slowly grew up before she started filling out width wise.

I used to ride an Appaloosa whose parents were in the 15hh range. He topped out at 16.2hh with a butt so big and wide you'd think he was a conditioned racehorse.

You can never really truly tell what they will top out at, just guess-timate when they will stop growing upwards (when they stop being butt high, maybe).

Think of it not as a failure but as a success in how not to do it.

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post #7 of 7 Old 09-25-2012, 12:47 AM
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Roperchick is true...keep feeding them
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