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    12-13-2010, 10:46 PM
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Foal
Question What age are they physically mature?

I have heard many different things so I wanted to ask everybody here, at what age is a horse done growing? My APHA colt is 2yrs and 7 months and he already sticks at 15.3h. I know that every horse is different but approximately how much more growing will he do? Just curious, knew when I bought him last year that he was going to be a big boy but he is bigger than I thought he would be. His size doesn't matter, I'll love the big goofy lug no matter how big he gets.
     
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    12-14-2010, 12:11 AM
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Showing
You will get a ton of opinions in a thread like this and most of them will be different. Some will say that horses skeletons stop growing around 3-4, others say that they grow until they are 8-9, even others will say that it depends on breed and that some horses mature slower than others.

I can't say with any real certainty but I go by the rule of thumb that most horses (especially stock horses) will not change in height past their 6 year old year, though they will continue to build muscle and bulk up sometimes until they are around 10.

Only reason why I chose those numbers is because I have a mustang gelding that shot up another 2 inches after I started riding him the fall of his 5 year old year and I have a QH that kept building muscle and getting bigger every year until he was about 11.

So I would say that it is entirely possible that your guy could grow more, but it isn't a certainty. Have you tried the string test on him? My grandpa swore by it.
     
    12-14-2010, 07:35 AM
  #3
Foal
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Originally Posted by smrobs    
You will get a ton of opinions in a thread like this and most of them will be different. Some will say that horses skeletons stop growing around 3-4, others say that they grow until they are 8-9, even others will say that it depends on breed and that some horses mature slower than others.

I can't say with any real certainty but I go by the rule of thumb that most horses (especially stock horses) will not change in height past their 6 year old year, though they will continue to build muscle and bulk up sometimes until they are around 10.

Only reason why I chose those numbers is because I have a mustang gelding that shot up another 2 inches after I started riding him the fall of his 5 year old year and I have a QH that kept building muscle and getting bigger every year until he was about 11.

So I would say that it is entirely possible that your guy could grow more, but it isn't a certainty. Have you tried the string test on him? My grandpa swore by it.
don't want to sound ignorant but what string test? How is it done? I really appreciate your help!
     
    12-14-2010, 12:44 PM
  #4
Showing
You can either take a string from the center of the knee down to the coronet band and however many inches it measures will equal how many hands they will mature to. 17 1/2 inches = 17.2, 15 3/4 inches = 15.3, etc.

Or, you can measure from the middle of the fetlock up to the point of the elbow and double that for their final height.
http://www.ultimatehorsesite.com/inf...ngtesting.html
     
    12-14-2010, 05:16 PM
  #5
Started
I agree that everyone will give you a different answer, and as each horse is an individual, they are all slightly different. On a different note, I did the string test on my Arabian, and it said that she was supposed to top out at 15.1. She's 5, and only 14.2ish right now, and while I know her line is said to be a slow maturing line, (not done growing until 7ish), I highly doubt she's going to get to 15.1. I have no idea exactly what her diet was like for the first 3 1/2 years of her life, though I know the last 6 months before I got her she was fed 1 flake alfalfa in the morning, and 1 at night. Most of her half siblings and her parents are all around 15ish hands. So not exactly sure what happened with her, but I love her anyways.
     
    12-14-2010, 06:16 PM
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Foal
I have heard of the first string test that you mentioned, I think I will try it just for curiosity sake. Thanks for the info guys!!!
     

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