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countmystrides 09-11-2010 12:16 PM

Thoroughbred heights
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How tall do you think my gelding is going to end up? He's 2 years old, 15.2hh. His mom is 17.2hh and his dad is 16.2hh. I was told that 15.2hh is short for a 2 year old tb, is this true? i mean, it seems kind of big to me. here's a few pictures to get an idea. Ignore his weight, he's a rescue and i justttt bought him.

VelvetsAB 09-11-2010 12:24 PM

Wikipedia: The typical Thoroughbred ranges between 15.2 to 17.0 hands (62 to 68 inches, 157 to 173 cm) high, averaging 16 hands (64 inches, 163 cm).

That still sometimes will get a short horse no matter what the breeding. Since your horse is a rescue, he might not have gotten enough nutrition to grow to his full potential. He is only 2, so he might still grow some more.

countmystrides 09-11-2010 12:36 PM

yeah but i'm wondering if anyone else had a two year old and what their horses heights were and are now. i mean 15.2 isn't that short, i'm not even 5'2 and i'm done growing, but i do hope he reaches at least 16hh. g

Lonannuniel 09-11-2010 03:19 PM

He's still growing, i had a thoroughbred a few years ago, he was 5, and in the years i had him he grew .3hh, so i would imagine at 2 theres still alot of height to gain. i'm not really sure if thats answering you're question, but i hope it was helpfull!

countmystrides 09-11-2010 03:31 PM

that was helpful! i mean i figure 15.2hh isn't a bad horse size.. & i know they grow til at least 5, but yesterday someone was like "he's only 15.2hh at 2?" he's gunna be small. he's only 2 1/2 ! i thought he was big for that age.

CecilliaB 09-11-2010 09:44 PM

Aidan was right around 15.2 or 15.3 till he was 4 1/2 and then somewhere between 5-6 he shot up to 16.3....I really did think he was done around 16 but I swear he had a huge growth spurt in 6 months which was surprising to me.

My friends gelding was 16.3 last fall and I was measuring him for a blanket today and he felt HUGE..I think he has got to be over 17hh now and he's just turned 6 over the summer.

countmystrides 09-11-2010 09:55 PM

wow ! well then he's got hope :) thank youu !

Quixotic 09-11-2010 10:42 PM

My trainer got her TB gelding as a scrawny 4yr old, & he was about 15.3hh. By the time he was 6, he was a 16.2 gorgeous, well-muscled horse. I'd be pretty surprised if your boy didn't shoot up at least a couple more inches.

countmystrides 09-11-2010 11:44 PM

i'm really worried about his weight and i'm concerned that his lack of nutrients as a youngster is going to stunt his growth or effect him in the future. /: i've never owned a horse this young. is 15.2hh a decent size for a 2 year old?

Quixotic 09-12-2010 12:03 AM

For a TB, yes, I'd think that was a decent enough size - obviously not as big as he maybe could have been with proper nutrition, but I'd assume he'll continue to grow a bit since he's only 2. Talk to your vet about feeding recommendations so that you can help him get back some of those nutrients that he's been lacking.

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