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post #1 of 11 Old 07-18-2014, 10:46 AM Thread Starter
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growth on youngsters

so my horse (QH) Whiskey is starting to fill out, but she is only 14hh

she is noticably wider, and starting to look like a real horse, and less of a gangly youth. she was born 1 April 2012 (she is pushing 2 years and 4 months)

my question is -- now that she is growing wider, will she stop growing taller?
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It depends on their breeding. My girl is 2 and she has slow maturing lines. She'll grow up and get thin and gangly, the next month she'll grow out and look thick and even. Up and out and up and out. If your horses parents are in the 14hh range, then probably. If they are taller, then it may be just a phase.
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Up, then out, then up, then out, then up, then out...same as some kids. She has most of her height but will still probably add a few inches. Usually when the cycles start in females upward growth slows dramatically but at 2 it wouldn't stop.
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It depends on their breeding. My girl is 2 and she has slow maturing lines. She'll grow up and get thin and gangly, the next month she'll grow out and look thick and even. Up and out and up and out. If your horses parents are in the 14hh range, then probably. If they are taller, then it may be just a phase.
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Up, then out, then up, then out, then up, then out...same as some kids. She has most of her height but will still probably add a few inches. Usually when the cycles start in females upward growth slows dramatically but at 2 it wouldn't stop.
i string tested her to 15 - 15.2hh .. but those other 4-6 inches seem to be a long ways off
9 months ago she was at 13.2hh
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Not too much off, many people will say a horse will grow 1 hand from their 2 year old height. Lineage determines if it takes another year or the next 5 years. I'm not familiar with those lines as far as maturity rates go. But could happen. My girl is 15.1 and strings 16.
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That's a tough one to answer. So many things can factor into that equation. Our filly has doubled in size in the last 6 months, while our other one has been growing taller instead of wider. Breed and breeding lines will affect that. Health can also affect that quite a bit-things such a horse being malnourished etc.
I would guess that your youngster might be getting close to the finishing height but will still likely have to fill in. Do you have any pictures you can post?
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Yup, depends on the lines. I had a horse shoot up 2 inches after he was 5. Had another that grew in height until he was 4 and then got bulkier and bulkier every year until he topped out at about 9.

There is certainly a good chance that she'll get close to 15hh. My poor little filly that I've got turned 2 this spring (about the same age as yours). She string tests to 15.1 and all her family was around 15 hands. She's barely standing 14 right now so I'm hoping that she's just a slow grower.
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That's a tough one to answer. So many things can factor into that equation. Our filly has doubled in size in the last 6 months, while our other one has been growing taller instead of wider. Breed and breeding lines will affect that. Health can also affect that quite a bit-things such a horse being malnourished etc.
I would guess that your youngster might be getting close to the finishing height but will still likely have to fill in. Do you have any pictures you can post?
how old is your filly, and your other one?

here are some conformation pics


https://www.horseforum.com/horse-conformation-critique/critique-whiskey-better-pics-419986/


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Yup, depends on the lines. I had a horse shoot up 2 inches after he was 5. Had another that grew in height until he was 4 and then got bulkier and bulkier every year until he topped out at about 9.

There is certainly a good chance that she'll get close to 15hh. My poor little filly that I've got turned 2 this spring (about the same age as yours). She string tests to 15.1 and all her family was around 15 hands. She's barely standing 14 right now so I'm hoping that she's just a slow grower.
i keep looking for some sort of growth chart to show averages

i.e. 50% heigth at 18 monts, 75% at 24 months, 90% at 36 months, ect...
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Like the others have said, it's all about genetics! But...sometimes it doesn't help at all to look at just the sire & dam. One of my quarter horses was already 15hh at 16 months but by 4 years old he was 16.2
His sire & dam were the typical 15.2 size quarter horses but he definitely threw back in his line to something bigger. He also did not widen out at all!
It's always a guessing game till their done!
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LOL, that's a good point^^.

This horse, who was barely 14 hands, was bred to a mare the same size 5 times. 4 of the resulting foals were about the same size when grown


Then there was the 5th foal. He grew up to be over 16 hands tall LOL
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