Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Neither here nor there
• Horses: 0
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.
Last edited by Tryst; 12-24-2013 at 10:08 AM.