My two year old horse looks like a yearling. When will she fill out? - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 33 Old 08-21-2013, 08:03 PM Thread Starter
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My two year old horse looks like a yearling. When will she fill out?

Okay. So, the main few people I talk to on HF regularly have repeatedly assured me that she'll fill out and become a real horse some day. But I want some more people to pitch in who may have been here before me because I fixate on her size way too much!

I just bought an Appaloosa filly this last month. She is 2 years and 3 months old, she was born on May 5th, 2011. And every time I tell people that they say "She's TWO? Are you SURE?"

She's only 13.3 hands. She string tests to 15 hands, and aside from her great grandmother all of her ancestors I can see in her pedigree have been 15HH and up. She string tests to 15 hands on the dot. Her dam was 15 and her sire was a bit taller. I'm sure she'll grow at least another hand. What gets me is her build. She is not built like a two year old. She looks like a yearling still. She's TINY. Everybody I meet says she's the smallest 2 year old they've ever seen, that am I SURE she's 2? and whatnot. But I bought her for trails, and I want a trail horse! I don't want to end up with a horse that I can't ride for fear that I'll break her!

Here are some pictures (and even one of her teensy feet). She's an incredibly laid back horse. Doesn't care about anything. (Sometimes I feel like she has no emotions!) Hasn't so much as spooked at anything since I've gotten her. Will do pretty much anything I ask her to. The makings of a perfect trail horse... Except she's the size of a dog! (WELL that might be an exaggeration...)

If it makes a difference (I don't know, maybe you want to look at her pedigree) her registered name is KDJJ Faux Pas.

Will she fill out? Anybody here had late bloomers to this degree?
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post #2 of 33 Old 08-21-2013, 08:14 PM
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On the average I would say most Horses tend to fill out about 4, but may not be completely filled out till 6.
Some breeds like Drafts take even longer

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post #3 of 33 Old 08-21-2013, 08:20 PM
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I think she looks fine, like a young two year old. I wouldn't say yearling, then again my yearling was tiny. He's two now and hasn't changed a bit. (I'm sure due to lack of nutrition, I sold him as a yearling and I'm very upset with his care)
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post #4 of 33 Old 08-21-2013, 08:23 PM
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I knew a QH gelding who was small like your girl as a 2yo (he's the same age as my Aires, so he's now almost 4.5). He was fat, but short as heck. He looked like a pony compared to the rest of the geldings when they were all turned out (the average height was about 15hh). My gelding was 15hh as a 2yo, so Bo seemed especially short to me. They were being broken out at the same time and the BO would work Bo first, then Aires.

Anyway, as far as I know, he's about 14.3hh as a 4yo right now (and still a chunker).
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Shes already got a good build to her- shes built like our big ol gelding is- same color pattern and all, lol.

She might not be a 16 hander but then again- she might be! Lol. It can happen but youll just have to wait and see- if she dont get real tall i predict she fills out to be a big build- classic appaloosa.
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post #6 of 33 Old 08-21-2013, 08:28 PM Thread Starter
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I hope you're all right! I'm not worried so much about height (another hand at least and I'll be happy, and I can't see her NOT growing another hand - what horse stops growing at two?) but she's just so small otherwise, especially if you compare body to head. I have not had one single person accept the fact that she's two without SOME kind of remark about how small she is, and more than once I've heard "Is that your yearling, the new appy in the paddock?" *sigh*
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post #7 of 33 Old 08-21-2013, 08:32 PM
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Are you "concerned" that her head looks too big or too small for her body? If you think it's too big, I could show you pics of Aires that would make you pee yourself laughing because he's so disproportionate. Heck, he's STILL not grown into his noggin and he's 4.5. Lol
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Shes just a late bloomer- she really aint all that small for a two year old-- not saying its a sure thing but most late bloomers get the biggest.. and over night too, lol.
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Are you "concerned" that her head looks too big or too small for her body? If you think it's too big, I could show you pics of Aires that would make you pee yourself laughing because he's so disproportionate. Heck, he's STILL not grown into his noggin and he's 4.5. Lol
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Nope! Her head does look big in relation to her body. I'm taking it as a hopeful sign that her body will catch up to her head. (though her head is tiny too - she needs a pony bridle currently).

Though I still wouldn't mind seeing the pictures because it sounds adorable ;)
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post #10 of 33 Old 08-21-2013, 08:37 PM
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Mine was very much like that until about 2 1/2 and at 3 1/2 he did a huge growth spurt. When you say two do you mean just turned two or 2 1/2?? Mine looked small and gangly for the longest time, at 4 now he is 15.3 but will never be a chunky monkey as he is a QH/TB, with the mind of a QH and the body of a TB.
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