5 yrold Stdbd still filling out?
What do you think? Could my new mare (here for about 2 months now) still be using a lot of her food for growing? Not necessarily up, but out and for internal changes? She eats everything I give her and still is very slim. Or, maybe she is just a slim horse and will forever be this way.
Please, I have no questions about how to put weight on a horse. If what I'm doing now doesn't show me a change I will try the next option, and then the next and so on. I'm just wondering if maybe no matter what I do, she still just trying to catch up with herself at 5 years old.
I'm not sure about your breed but I know some are still maturing into the 4-5 years range. I wouldn't rule it out. I've heard horses don't even grow a brain till their at least 12 :wink: :lol:
Thanks for the quick reply. I'm thinking she's still relatively immature physically. I see some of the foal movements still -- the propeller tail, the hoof-scratches-the-ear without a blink, just the general "I'm all over the place" type of thing. Hard to describe.
I haven't been able to find anything really concrete about it. Probably because many of the young ones are raced long b4 they are ready so it's not discussed much.
And just so everyone knows, I didn't mean to say I know it all about difference weight issues; I just didn't want this thread to turn into yet another "how to I put weight on my horse" topic. Who knows? -- in a few weeks I may be back trolling those threads looking for more clues..
Here's my 5 year old:
He's also horizontally challenged :P
Don't worry they are still filling out. My mare wasnt done filling out until she was 7 or 8.
He is on grass pasture all day and also gets like 1/3 of a bale of hay. We also give him a complete mineral supplement. And he is always hungry. I ride him 5 times a week and we mainly do strength and muscle building exercises. He is maybe a 5 or 6 on the condition scale.
He still does do cute baby stuff, but that's partially his attitude. He would like very much to sit in your lap and cuddle. He also likes to run around and play like a foaly and he does the ear sctratchy thing too.
Imo horses are still babies at 5.
My boy who's a QH x appy, was still narrowish & about 14.1hh at age 5yo. Finally at 8yo I think he's stopped growing - he's now very broad & 14.3hh. A friend's TB type QH is also 8yo & has grown up about 1hh in the 2 years she's had him. He hasn't grown out tho * is still very narrow.
Well, in a nutshell, it would depend on how much you are feeding her and how much work she is doing. Weigh your feed and be consistent. Also she may need to be dewormed. If you are feeding based on weight, weighing your feed, giving good quality free choice hay and she is current on deworming, she may tend to be on the lean side or maybe a feed adjustment is ncessary.
What does your vet think about her weight/diet?
Hoping we can stay on topic. I do think she just needs to fill out in her body form and from what I see from the majority of replies, I think I'm in line.
Thanks, all. :)
Some breeds/horses mature slower than others and they tend to finish growing 'up' before filling out. In our 4 yr old Paint mare's bloodline, they tend to be like this...her siblings didn't really start filling out until they were 6 yrs. (she's about 14.2hh, 810+ lbs right now...and eating everything in sight).
As an owner of THREE standardbreds (im assuming stdbd means that) I can tell you that this is perfectly normal... well on a scale of the horse is getting enough in its diet etc (but like you said you're not getting onto that, and nor will I!)... it could do with her build... but I've found with a few Standardbreds that they take longer to develop in the growth timeline! My wee 14.2hh mare only really seemed to stop growing (both physically and mentally) when she hit eight... before then she was like a baby... and didn't even have the mature mentality that I had expected in earlier years... but that could be to do with her personality. She had started to fill out around six years.
My friend's Standardbred gelding is I think seven, and he was still bum high at five and six years of age he started to fill out... I own his 4yr old half sister and I believe she's gonna be along the same lines, just not as bad ;)... my opinion is... they excel in their growth early on in life, for use in the racing industry... they gain all their basic form before some other breeds, and then the growth slows down and isn't completed until they're around eight. I could be wrong, but it's just my own opinion here. I think five years isn't enough time for everything to settle into its own place etc either.. I wouldn't be too worried... and it seems that you're onto it with the feeding agenda! Besides, like someone said, I too class a horse who is five years old a baby!
Thanks all! 'Preciate the input.
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