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post #1 of 12 Old 01-11-2016, 02:56 PM Thread Starter
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Will my rescue mare grow a bit more?

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Most of your know I have just taken on a little rescue cob who is in foal.
Its no secret that I am completely in love with her! She reminds me so much of the cob I rode all through my teens.
We have bonded really well in such a short space of time, and I feel a real connection with her. She actually makes me want to go back to riding again!
Now I know that for the next year she is going to be a mumma, and we will do basic ground work with her, as we have already started. But one day I would love her to be my ridden pony. I havent measured her yet, but I reckon she is somewhere around 13.2? Picture of her is with my partner who is 6ft tall. I am 5ft 7, and around 11 stone (will diet if I have to lol)
She has never had anything other than grass, and we have started to introduce a small handful of hard feed so she gets her nutrients for the baby. I have heard that cobs can grow up to 8 years old. So do you think its possible she may grow a bit more? and if she may ever be big enough for me? She is about 3.5 yrs at the moment.
Do you think my guess of around 13.2hh is realistic now?

It doesnt matter if she doesnt make height, I have 2 children waiting in the wings ready to steal her from me! She will always have a loving home, but I would like to give her a little job too, and not just be a field ornament.
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This is a diagram of a way to predict finished height. This would work best with a horse or pony of perfect proportions, but it may help you guess if she is going to get a bit taller. This estimate works on ponies/horses ages up to 5 I think.

Determine Horse Mature Height
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post #3 of 12 Old 01-11-2016, 05:40 PM
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Equines are not mature until 7-8 years of age, so she may well grow taller.

Check out this article by Dr Deb Bennett for more info on how horses grow.

Gorgeous cob!


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horses grow up until age 5. She could get taller with proper nutrition. What was she bred to ?
You could always teach her how to drive if she does not gain some height, at the moment I would say to small , and with your height it would not be comfortable.
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Hi, even if she doesn't grow any more, she looks like a stocky type. Her back looks a little strange, but maybe because she's in foal & so young for it. I'd get her checked out by a good chiro after the foal & ensure she's got good nutrition, and do little on her until she's around 5yo, and she's probably fine to carry someone your size, on easier rides at least - maybe hard, long rides & high impact stuff like jumping would be too much for her/your size, but I wouldn't rule her out necessarily even if she doesn't grow more.
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horses grow up until age 5. She could get taller with proper nutrition. What was she bred to ?
You could always teach her how to drive if she does not gain some height, at the moment I would say to small , and with your height it would not be comfortable.
We arent truly sure what she was bred to, either a chunky 14hh cob, or a 14.2 appalosa.
Havent had chance to get the tape measure on her yet, but I will today just so I can note and she if she grows.
We have just started her on a small amount of hard feed, she didnt kow what to do! She has never had anything but grass and hay.
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Hi, even if she doesn't grow any more, she looks like a stocky type. Her back looks a little strange, but maybe because she's in foal & so young for it. I'd get her checked out by a good chiro after the foal & ensure she's got good nutrition, and do little on her until she's around 5yo, and she's probably fine to carry someone your size, on easier rides at least - maybe hard, long rides & high impact stuff like jumping would be too much for her/your size, but I wouldn't rule her out necessarily even if she doesn't grow more.
She has a good amount of bone, and is very sturdy type cob. Looks a little leggy at the moment, even in foal!
We have started hard feed in small amounts, just because she has never had any before. We will get all the checks done on her, as I dont think she has ever had an form of vet treatment ever. We have a winter health check booked in with the vet.
We would only use her for hacking purposes. Im no show jumper, I just enjoy a little pootle around. First she need to be a mummy, so it will be a good year or so before we do anything with her, so she should be 5 by the time we look at backing her. Would be great if she did make a little pony for myself, but i would no way risk her if im too big x
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She looks quite a bit bigger behind than in front so I would say she has a fair bit to grow.

The string test is usually a good prediction
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Her hind end looks higher than the front so I would think she will grow some more, maybe end up 14H
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She's be able to carry you but finding a saddle that fits both of you might be a trick. Would you believe their short backs can carry more weight proportionally than a draft.



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