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post #1 of 8 Old 01-17-2018, 12:27 PM Thread Starter
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Question What size will they mature at?

I hope that I am posting this thread in the appropriate spot on this forum, please let me know if I need to move it. So my horse will be 2 very soon, but she only stands at 13.3 hands. This is my first horse to raise so I have been seeking advice here. I am aware that all horses grow at a different rate I was just wondering if it is very unusual for a Paint/Quarter Horse to be this small at 2. Her sire is somewhere between 15 an 16 hands( it's hard to tell as he is somewhat wild) and her dam is 15 hands. I would love to hear the size of other's 2 year olds and what they matured to. Thanks.

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post #2 of 8 Old 01-17-2018, 01:44 PM
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Horses grow according to their own time-clock...not one we humans invent.
She may come from a line of late-bloomers....
She is only a long yearling and usually around this point in time the Quarter horses that are down the road from me seem to suddenly sprout...
Year after year, several babies at a time from the same stud and different mommas, all seem to do the sprout stuff...
I've seen many of different breed and breeding also not finish growing in height till near 5 and still are filling out then too...those last few maturity genes arriving..
That said, neither of her parents are huge either.
Mare being 15 hands to me is not large at all in height...width can be a very different scenario.
Same as the stallion...she will probably come in someplace between mare and stallion herself...but I would not be expecting a giant in comparison to her parentage and their genes passed on.
What was in her parents past can through that off too...
So...

Did you ever do the string test?
I've read many times where it is pretty darn accurate...
Your horse is kind of old to try that now {optimally done on a 3 month old} but it sure should give you some ideas, would it not?
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I keep seeing comments that say much the same as this...

I think it is much more accurate for horses 18 months and older to measure them from the center of the elbow down to the center of the pastern joint. Then, reverse the string from the center of the elbow to the top of their withers. They will grow at least that much.

Maybe for you with the age of your horse this would give a better guesstimate...
I have no idea if even a tiny bit accurate or total hog-wash.

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This was accurate for 3 of mine, hoping it's not for my 4th! As it would mean he'll only be 12h.... =(
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post #5 of 8 Old 01-17-2018, 02:28 PM Thread Starter
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I have done the string test. It shows that she should mature to 14.3, I just worry about it's accuracy. I already have a horse that is 14.3 and I am quite happy with that height. I don't want a big horse, but as long as she is around 15 hands I will be happy.

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As said the string test is fairly accurate and although horses still have maturing to do most reach their height growth around 4.5 years, there are always exceptions to the rule!
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My 2 yo filly sticked about a month ago at 13.3. We guess per the string test that she'll mature to 14.3 or 15H.


My 9 yo mare at 2 yo also sticked at 13.3. She is currently 14.3, but everyone swears she's taller (she's a little tank). String test was pretty accurate for her.
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post #8 of 8 Old 01-21-2018, 06:43 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, it is encouraging to hear others experiences.

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