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CelesteG 02-15-2012 08:05 PM

Coming two year old bay paint colt
I've had this guy since he was two months old, and he'll be two in May. Just these last few months, I've been really noticing a difference in his confirmation. He's not so gangly anymore. I've been lunging him, or letting him run loose in the arena every second day, and he is on a good diet and worming schedule. I'd love to hear what you guys think though. The issue I have right now, however, is that he's too short. At the moment, I think he stands 13.2hh. This seems too short for a horse that should grow to 15 or more hands high. The horse he is standing next to in the second picture is 14.3hh. The last one was taken yesterday.

farley 02-15-2012 09:24 PM

he reminds me of Hannah my QH filly who will be three in may
she is like 13.3 maybe 14 hands i havnt done a real measure on her, but my gelding is 15.3 and shes so little next him. her parents where in the 16s. I wonder the same thing.... Will she get bigger!? will she hit some weird growth spurt?

CecilliaB 02-15-2012 09:29 PM

I do think 15+hh is a long way to go for a 2 year old but not impossible. I love how stout he is and he's butt high so already into a growth spurt. Absolutely love his color and one blue eye :)

Do you know anything about his parents or sibling height growth rate?

OkieGal 02-15-2012 09:33 PM

Even if he doesn't end up being 15+ hands, it looks like you'll have a mighty fine horse in him. Shoot, if he ends up being 14.2 and you don't want him, I'll take him!
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trailhorserider 02-15-2012 10:09 PM


Originally Posted by OkieGal (Post 1361972)
Even if he doesn't end up being 15+ hands, it looks like you'll have a mighty fine horse in him. Shoot, if he ends up being 14.2 and you don't want him, I'll take him!
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I agree, he's gorgeous!

DraftyAiresMum 02-15-2012 11:02 PM

I wouldn't totally discount him reaching 15hh, to be honest, though it may be a bit of a stretch. My Aires was about 15hh when I bought him as a two-year-old and he's already pushing 16.1-16.2hh as a coming three-year-old (if his withers will ever catch up with that danged butt!)...and he's far from done growing. (and I rub it in our BO's face [good-naturedly, of course] that he's that tall already every time I can because the BO didn't think Aires would even reach 16hh)

I think your boy is cute. LOVE his color and markings. Everything points to him being a fine-looking horse when he finally grows into himself. :-)

CLaPorte432 02-15-2012 11:04 PM

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He definitely looks more like a paint pony then a paint horse. His body style just looks, pony-like to me, especially in the last picture. But he's absolutely adorable! And he's actually the perfect size for me since I'm 5'2" so send him on over! :)

CecilliaB 02-16-2012 07:33 AM

DraftyAiresMum....your boy is also part draft and I'd expect more growth out of that type of breed. Even with TB's you can get late growth spurts in the 4-5th year.

In the case of CelesteG's horse he looks well proportioned for his age and aside from the butt high part doesn't have allot of growing into himself that appears to need doing. Which is why I'm hoping there is some knowledge about his parents/siblings.

Have you string tested him??

Elana 02-16-2012 08:47 AM

I will tell you he is the most perfect horse I have ever seen if you will let me come and live on that ranch and work horses for you!!!!! What a NICE part of the world!!! :)

Can't do that? Oh well..
Your horse is nicely marked. He is a bit butt high an a bit camped under behind. Both things may become less pronounced as he fills out and matures.

He seems a sturdy type. His conformation is not spectacular (unless you meet the criteria of the first two sentences above). He is solid. ;)

dirtroadangel 02-16-2012 09:01 AM

He is gorgeous I 'll take him.
I believe paints have a longer growth period then other horses, maturing at around 5.
Hestill has some leg on him. With my colt At about 6 to 8 months I would take a lead rope and from then bottom of shoulder drop it to the ground then while holding the rope in place at the shoulder flip it up. How tall the rope goes is how tall the horse will get. Don't know if it would work on a 22 month old but maybe.
Good luck But he is a beauty.
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