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    12-24-2013, 07:52 AM
Im 5 11. 162lbs. Thanks for all the replys. Merry christmas to everyone

I dnt care really how big breeda gets we got her for my son for christmas. Flash I got him for me. I though since he was so young he would get much taller.

I guess not knowing horses that would happen I guess the guy I bought them from pulled a fast one on me and got some extra money from me :(
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    12-24-2013, 08:09 AM
I have one thing to ask. How manys on averge is a 2 year saddle horses and quarter horses? I read on here by 2 horses are near there max height. It that true?
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    12-24-2013, 11:01 AM
Genetics and nutrition play a role in growth. Some lines are slower to mature and others finish earlier. Also if they didn't get optimal nutrition as younger horses growth may be stunted, or delayed. When did the two year old turn two (recently, or is he closer to three?). If he recently turned two I think generally they will put on about another hand (4 inches) by the time they are four. Depending on build and how stocky they are the larger one may be big enough for you once mature, but I would not be doing anything more than very short rides until four, especially if they have had poor care previously, which likely means they are less mature than they should be for their age if given optimal care.

We always love to see pictures too ;)

Oh and quarter horses range widely in size based on breeding. Some are as small as 14 hands and others can be 17.2!! An average height is 15 hands,but there is even a quarter pony association, so some of them are quite small.
    12-24-2013, 11:14 AM
He is 1 yr and 8 months and she is going to be 3 in jan

He is only 13 hh now so when he's full grown I think he stll migt be to small for me. Not sure. Im 5 11. 162 lbs

How do I post a pic?
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    12-24-2013, 11:28 AM
So he isn't even two yet. You can try string testing him, which most people feel is pretty accurate for predicting final height within an inch or two. Take a measurement from mid knee to cornet band down the front of the leg, the length in inches is the height in hands. Make sure the string is straight, not following the contour of the leg. I think that a string test is most accurate around 18 months, so should work well for him, but don't know if it would work for the mare.

I would not be riding a 20 month old horse AT ALL! This is much too young for even short rides. He should only have ground work at this age.

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    12-24-2013, 01:47 PM
Hi flash. Welcome to the forum.

As stated above, 20 months is too early to be ridden.

Where are you located? I'm also in MS. If you're close, maybe I can help.
    12-24-2013, 03:08 PM
At 20 months old, he will grow to be quite a bit taller with adequate feed but absolutely should not be ridden yet. He's not physically or mentally ready for it. You can read up on the physical issues here: Whether or not he'll be big enough for you depends a lot on how he's built. A stockier horse will be able to carry more weight comfortably.

The 3 year old may be able to do short bouts of light work, but I'd find someone smaller to work with her. She should really be closer to 4 before you start thinking of doing any serious riding with her, and she may not be a good match for a kid until she's even older than that. Young horses, even ones with good temperaments, can go through phases of testing their boundaries which can escalate quickly if not properly handled.

It doesn't sound like these horses are going to be ready for what you're looking for anytime soon, honestly.
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    12-24-2013, 07:01 PM
Originally Posted by Flash12    
Hi name is andrew live in mississippi. I just bought 2 horses. One is a 3 yr quater horse and the other is a 2 yr quater/saddle horse. They are both every tame. They both listen great can put a saddle and lead them even crawl under them. When can I start to ride them full time? Also someone told me that they look small and they don't think there are going to get much taller. Is there anyway to figure out how many hands they should be when mature? Thank you
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I have to say the way you've started your post is of concern to me. Broken english, and saying a horse is "tame", along with you saying that you just bought 2 very young horses really concerns me and the lack of experience you seem to not have.

What I suggest to you my friend, is to find yourself a coach or trainer to help you with these. No one with little to no horse experience should ever own a 2 and 3 yr old horse.
    12-24-2013, 09:16 PM
This is flash
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    12-24-2013, 09:22 PM
Flash is on right. Breeda on left
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