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Ok. So Aires is now 4.5-years-old. Haven't officially measured him, but he's grown A LOT recently and is pushing 16.3hh. His head, however, is still ridiculously huge. Not wide (he takes a 5.5" bit), just looooooong. Had to drop his English headstall two holes to fit him (it was set at 52" from bit to bit and is now probably close to 54-55").

Has anyone with a draft or draft cross had one with a ridiculously large, disproportionate head that grew into it? I just feel like he's going to be this big-headed monstrosity forever. :-(

(FWIW, my estimation that he is 16.3hh comes from the fact that I am 5'7" [67"] and was wearing boots with a 1" heel when I was at the barn on Thursday. I converted 16.3hh to inches and got 65.2". Using a tape measure, I compared where the 65.2" mark was in relation to where Aires' withers and they were just about the same).
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My previous mare was Suffolk Punch x TB. She had an enormously long head and yes, it did fit with her body. I got her when she was mature so I can't comment on her ugly duckling stage but can say that when I had her she looked great :D
 

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I bought a TBxClydie yearling years ago and she had a huge head! People used to make fun of her head. She did grow into it though, it was always large, but she finished at about 16.3hh as a five year old, when I sold her, and her head suited her. However I've seen her over the years and she really grew out (sideways) over the following few years and all in all looked in proportion.

I don't know if you'll get a lot more height, but if he bulks out more will his head look more in proportion?
 

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I guess I just can't picture him growing into this noggin.


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I suggest you ready yourself for when he DOES grow into that Noggin - which he surely will. You are going to have one big chunky lad on your hands!

His colouring doesn't help - the white top on his neck makes his neck look way slimmer than it really is. You'll probably be thankful for that too in a few years; it will 'slim him down' to the eye :)
 

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I know nothing about drafts, but to me he looks like he has more growing to do.

Did you string test him when he was younger? What did it calculate his grown height to be?
 

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Remember Drafty that most horses will continue to bulk up until they are 7 or 8...and some even later. While it's true that he may not ever grow into his head (one of the curses of having a horse with such opposing breed types LOL), that won't detract from his inner beauty.

His head is large, yes, but it's not an ugly head so IMHO, it's not so bad.
 

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He looks like he's got lots of filling out to do, whether he ever grows UP another inch or not! IMO, his head isn't all that large and disproportionate, especially in the picture his neck looks short and very thin in comparison. He also still looks leggy to me.
 

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I know nothing about drafts, but to me he looks like he has more growing to do.

Did you string test him when he was younger? What did it calculate his grown height to be?
I've string tested him several times in the two and a half years I've owned him. I've come up with everything from 16.2hh (which we've passed already) to 17.1hh (which is within sight).

Note that the pic I put up was taken back in May (right around his birthday). He has bulked up a little since, but he has most noticeably gained height. My best friend was watching me work with him and she said that when I stood behind him at his withers (which I did quite a bit as we were working on yielding his hind), she couldn't see me at all, really.

Smrobs, I actually love his head and how big it is...I just hope it fits his body eventually. Lol

Dreamcatcher, his neck isn't nearly as thin in person. Short, yes, but not exactly thin. Before I roached his mane, he looked a lot like a friesian, actually.
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Dreamcatcher, his neck isn't nearly as thin in person. Short, yes, but not exactly thin. Before I roached his mane, he looked a lot like a friesian, actually.
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It's probably just the angle of the picture then. I think he's a good looking horse, he just still looks real immature. When he's done with all his filling out and growing, I think he's going to be a stunner. :D
 

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It's probably just the angle of the picture then. I think he's a good looking horse, he just still looks real immature. When he's done with all his filling out and growing, I think he's going to be a stunner. :D
It could very well have been the angle, as my non-horsey boyfriend was taking the pics. :lol:

Thanks, though. He's got such a great mind on him that it'd be sad if his exterior didn't catch up.
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It could very well have been the angle, as my non-horsey boyfriend was taking the pics. :lol:

Thanks, though. He's got such a great mind on him that it'd be sad if his exterior didn't catch up.
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There's nothing wrong with his exterior NOW. He's just going to improve as he "dries out" a bit with age. :)
 

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^^Agreed, he is still one handsome devil, big head or no.

As for that picture, it really doesn't do him justice. He was in the middle of a gangly stage and the angle is wonky. Pictures like that can make even the most "perfect" horses look 'eh' LOL.
 

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As for that picture, it really doesn't do him justice. He was in the middle of a gangly stage and the angle is wonky. Pictures like that can make even the most "perfect" horses look 'eh' LOL.
Trust me on THAT! I can take such gawd awful pics I could make a World Champ look like a collywobbled MESS.
 

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I need to take new pics of him. He's definitely looking WAY less gangly. More like a horse, less like a funky llama. :lol:

Thanks, guys. I'm not feeling sorry for myself (I have the prettiest horse on the property, no question), I just feel like he's been funky for so long...and then I see Rafe and Taz and how proportionate they look and I go "What happened to mine?!"

I'm seriously considering taking up leather-working, though. Bridles in his size are just so ridiculously expensive, and hit or miss on quality (and style...and size) if I order online.
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I need to take new pics of him. He's definitely looking WAY less gangly. More like a horse, less like a funky llama. :lol:

Thanks, guys. I'm not feeling sorry for myself (I have the prettiest horse on the property, no question), I just feel like he's been funky for so long...and then I see Rafe and Taz and how proportionate they look and I go "What happened to mine?!"

I'm seriously considering taking up leather-working, though. Bridles in his size are just so ridiculously expensive, and hit or miss on quality (and style...and size) if I order online.
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That's why I only order my tack from either Dale Chavez or Nymyer's or Schneider's. If I'm going to end up paying through the nostrils, then I want a guarantee of the quality.
 

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Don't know why you roached his mane ( hurts me physically, being an Arab person lol), but you can do a lot for his appearance by the way you roach it. Leave it a little longer to create a nice arch, it will make the neck look thicker and the head seems smaller. Or let it grow to where it just starting to fall over and thin it out a little so it creates more arch also.
I am convinced he will fill out more and grow into it. And get even more handsome.
 

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Unfortunately, I'm a poor kid (ok, "kid" is a relative term...I'll be 31 on Thursday), so my budget is tight.
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Don't know why you roached his mane ( hurts me physically, being an Arab person lol), but you can do a lot for his appearance by the way you roach it. Leave it a little longer to create a nice arch, it will make the neck look thicker and the head seems smaller. Or let it grow to where it just starting to fall over and thin it out a little so it creates more arch also.
I am convinced he will fill out more and grow into it. And get even more handsome.
I roached his mane because it was a thick, knotted, tangled, disgusting mess and we needed a "do-over." I had to use scissors because no matter how hard or many different approaches I've tried, he absolutely will not tolerate clippers. It really didn't look too awful. That was back in May. His mane is now about the length a WP horse's mane would be.
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