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post #1 of 12 Old 08-28-2013, 09:09 PM Thread Starter
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Horse growth?

Hi My two year old APHA gelding is 14.2 hh and I was wondering if there is a chance of him getting any taller? I am 5.9 so I am hoping he will get taller as he matures.
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post #2 of 12 Old 08-28-2013, 09:19 PM
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I will go out on a limb say yes he could get taller and probably will. My QH was a four year old when I got him he was 13.1, now at seven he is 14.2.
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post #3 of 12 Old 08-28-2013, 09:23 PM
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Maybe, maybe not...but probably. Do you know how tall sire and dam are? You could also string test him. Measure from the middle of his knee to the top of his hoof and convert the inches to hands. So, 17 inches would be 17hh and 15.5 inches would be 15.2hh (each 1/4 inch equals .1hh).
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post #4 of 12 Old 08-28-2013, 10:09 PM
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If he's only 2 then yes there is definitely hope he will grow taller, but for someone 5'9 unless you're a very skinny rider Im not sure if the horse would be of the right height for you.

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If he's only 2 then yes there is definitely hope he will grow taller, but for someone 5'9 unless you're a very skinny rider Im not sure if the horse would be of the right height for you.
I'm pretty skinny but I'm not TERRIBLY skinny. I weigh about 136lbs.

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Horses can grow until their 6, I've known a few to grow after that really. Geldings normally grow longer than mares in my experience. I bought my horse as a late 4 year old and he grew a few more inches to level out. Does he still look babyish? My only young one that didnt grow much after 2 looked like a mature horse at 2.
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Horses can grow until their 6, I've known a few to grow after that really. Geldings normally grow longer than mares in my experience. I bought my horse as a late 4 year old and he grew a few more inches to level out. Does he still look babyish? My only young one that didnt grow much after 2 looked like a mature horse at 2.
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I don't know what he would look like compared to a mature horse but he is still "skinny" and his rear end is quite a bit higher than his withers. I can post a pic, if that helps.
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I'm sure he'll grow then since he still sounds gangly, they grow butt first to.
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Here is a pic of him compared to me(sorry it's a bit blurry):

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post #10 of 12 Old 08-29-2013, 12:35 PM
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Yes, it is darn sure possible that he'll grow more height. I had a horse that shot up 2 inches after he turned 5.
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