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stephbow 01-11-2010 08:00 AM

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???

iridehorses 01-11-2010 08:40 AM

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:

My Beau 01-11-2010 08:49 AM

She most likely will :)
My QH gelding grew until he was 5. I second using the string test.

Hunter65 01-11-2010 04:07 PM

My little QH cross is only 13.1 at 28 months. He is string tested to 14.3 so here's hoping. lol

stephbow 01-11-2010 04:47 PM

Oh I'm hoping!!! haha, but thanks for the info, I can't wait to string test her to see!

EveningShadows 01-11-2010 07:09 PM

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!

smrobs 01-11-2010 07:33 PM

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.

qtrhrsecrazy 01-11-2010 08:13 PM

My QH's grow til 4-5. I LOVE the string test.. it's worked really well for me

smrobs 01-11-2010 08:21 PM

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.

qtrhrsecrazy 01-11-2010 08:33 PM

The elbow/fetlock is the one I do, and it's never failed me

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