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How long will my horse keep growing???
So I just bought a little quarter horse filly who is now 2 years and 8 months. She stands at 14.1 hands right now, but her dad was 15.1 and her mom was 15 hands. I've heard horses stop growing around 2 and then just fill out, I'm hoping she gets to at least 14.3 hands, will she keep growing for a while or is she done at 14.1???
Welcome to the forum!
Some breeds will continue to grow well beyond 2 years. The heavy breeds and even the Arab will grow until they are about 4 or 5. A QH can grow until they are ~4 but their growing slows down severely at about 2 1/2 or 3. If your horse is 14h 1 at 2 then you have a shot at 14h 3 but should at least get to 14h 2.
This is a fairly good method of estimating your horse's finished height: http://www.ultimatehorsesite.com/inf...ngtesting.html
She most likely will :)
My QH gelding grew until he was 5. I second using the string test.
My little QH cross is only 13.1 at 28 months. He is string tested to 14.3 so here's hoping. lol
Oh I'm hoping!!! haha, but thanks for the info, I can't wait to string test her to see!
AWWW! My computer's being dumb and won't open the link...I have a 2 1/2 year old Clyde/TB filly standing 15.3hh-ish right now, was wondering what the "string test" is? Her dam was 17.1hh, her sire 16.3hh so I know she'll mature big but an estimate is nice!
Howdy and welcome to the forum. Iride has it right but I thought that I would add that sometimes they can suprise you. My mustang Koda shot up another 2 inches from 14.0 to 14.2 after I started riding him in the fall of his 5 year old year. Most of my horses have continued to build muscle and bulk up until around 7 or 8 on average so she will likely get quite a bit heavier even if not taller.
My QH's grow til 4-5. I LOVE the string test.. it's worked really well for me
Shay-la, many people do the string test differently. Some measure from the point of the elbow to the middle of the fetlock and double it to get a final height. Others measure from the coronet band to the middle of the knee and however many inches = however many hands tall. My grandpa used to swear by the elbow/fetlock method.
The elbow/fetlock is the one I do, and it's never failed me
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