How tall do you think my draft cross will be?
I've browsed the forum but have only just joined now. There's a lot of helpful insight but I figured I would post about my own horse and read your opinions.
She's a Shire x Paint and only just turned 3 years old on August 20th. I've had her since she was 8 months old. When she initially came to me, she was only about 12.3 hands.
Now, her butt is just under 16 hands while her withers are at 15-15.1. Her sire is a 16.3 Shire and her dam is a 15.2-15.3 Paint. My horse's full brother was 16 hands at 2 years old. I've done the two different string tests and both came out to 16.3. I'm not sure if that would be accurate though considering her height right now at 3 years old. Even the breeder was sort of surprised as to how short she is at this age (I like tall horses since I'm 5'7").
I'm just curious as to what anyone thinks would be a good approximation of her full height one day (I know drafts and draft crosses can grow until they're 7-8 years old).
Nobody can really tell you. Remember, tall is dominant most usually, over short. She could mature at the height of her sire or somewhere in between the height of sire and dam. Actually, for a cross I don't agree with the breeder at all. I am surprised she is as tall as she is for her age. I am also your height and have ridden many drafts at well under 15hh. Don't feel the need for a hugely tall horse for my height at all.
Most usually, drafts finish grow into their height at about 4-5 and then fill out for another couple of years. I wouldn't worry about her height at all. Just hope that the sire and dam complimented each other and produced a nice conformed offspring.
Never heard of a Draft or any horse, growing until they were 7-8 years old.
First off, howdy and welcome to the forum. I'm sure I'm not the only one that would love to see some pictures of your beautiful girl.
In my limited experience with draft crosses (2 that are not full grown yet; 2 and 3 years old), you can never really tell. My older draft is a BelgianxQH and he is significantly bigger. He stands about 16.1 right now. His momma is about 17.1-17.2 and his daddy was just around 14 hands. He hasn't grown much in the last few months so I am beginning to wonder if maybe he's about finished. The string test put him right at 16.3.
On the other hand, my 2 year old (technically, he was 2 in the first part of June) is only standing 15.1 (or was the last time I measured him). His momma was a paint that stood around 15 hands and his daddy is an 18 hand percheron. The string test puts him at around 16.1 but he is growing much slower than my older one did. Rafe (the older) shot up very quickly and was hovering around 15.3 by the time he was 2 and hasn't really grown much taller since then.
Well, I've done the two different string tests and both came out to 16.3. Do either of you know how accurate those tests are?
I don't feel a need, necessarily, for a tall horse. I just prefer them. The lowest height that I personally like is 15.3 which is how tall my older horse is. I just try to avoid looking awkward on small horses in addition to the fact that I just like 15.3+ hand horses. I like their longer strides and all.
I feel like my horse will reach past 16 hands at least, but I wasn't sure because she really hasn't grown in height for about 5-6 months or so. She's been thickening though.
So, from both of your experiences, do you think that each horse just grows differently based on breeds they're crossed with and gender? Like I said, I'm just curious. I'm nosey and want to know if I'm going to need a parachute when I ride her one day. Oh and here's just a couple pictures of her :)
The second picture is of her standing next to my 15.3 QH gelding.
Realistically draft and draft crosses can grow REALLY slowly. I have a 15hh friesian arab cross that shot up in her sixth year unexpectedly. But realistically the breeder told me that she can keep growing until she's 7. So be patient. I think you have a ways to go and your horse is going to be on the larger side.
I did both string tests on my geldings right after I got them home. They were long yearlings. Smell string tested at 16hh and his half brother Stink at 16.1. 3 yrs later the one that should be 16hh is 16.2 and the one that should be tallest is only 15.3. String tests are fun but only time will tell.
Some might turn out smaller or a more "average" height but grow in thickness, as in weight not so much height. Really there is no way to really know.
I've got a two-year-old Percheron cross. It really is a waiting game to see how they're going to develop! I bought him at 8 months and he was 14.1 at the withers and 15 hands in the hind when I got him last April.
Now a month after his 2nd birthday he is approximately 16.2 hands. His dad was a 17 hand Oldenburg and mom a 17+ hand Percheron.
I have heard from others with draft crosses that they've seen varying rates of growth. Some seem to stretch up at the last minute, others like my guy keep on a steady march upward.
Also, I believe geldings tend to grow taller, faster than stallions/mares? I do not know if this is true.
I wouldn't be surprised if your girl finished off over 16 hands.
She's very pretty, too. :D
Now I have a Clyde colt (yearling) who was 15.3 at 15 months. 3 months down the line and his bum is 16. 2hh and his withers are 16.1 hh. He still looks like a wee bairn though.
a measurement from the middle of her knee to her coronet band will give you a fair idea of her mature height,its been right so far with me
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