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post #1 of 6 Old 02-18-2020, 09:20 PM Thread Starter
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I own a yearling qh. When should I become concerned with height? I have had a few people comment regarding the height. Currently measures 12.2hh Gets grain daily. Dam is 14.3hh and sire 16hh
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Horses grow at the rate they grow and grow to their genetic potential as long as their needs are met nutritionally. You don't want to push growth or you can cause debilitating joint problems. There are no guarantees to the height your horse will meet at maturity. If you are looking for a specific height then purchasing a horse that is that height is the only way to guarantee you get it. I know plenty of pony sized quarter horses. Nothing wrong with them at all.
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Genetic potential isn't as simple as a + b = c and then divide by two. There is a list of percentages of growth reached by year that can be used to get an approximate finished growth. There are also measuring techniques that give you the same.
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post #4 of 6 Old 02-18-2020, 09:32 PM
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Measure his leg. From hairline to center of knee, inches translates to hands. That'll at least give you a decent expectation that might calm your worries.
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post #5 of 6 Old 02-19-2020, 04:24 AM
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I would absolutely not feed grain to a young horse! Well any horse really but esp not a growing baby. As QtrBel said, trying to feed up a horse to 'grow them up' is only likely to cause probs.
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post #6 of 6 Old 02-19-2020, 08:22 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for the responses. My mind is at ease.
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