What age do horses "stop" growing?

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  1. PinkJumper

    PinkJumper Senior Member+

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    Ive googled this,but have gotten a million answers! I am curious what age do horses stop growing at?
     






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  3. PinkJumper

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    Thanks!I will take a look!
     
  4. Nona

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    Asking at what age a horse stops growing is like asking when a child will stop growing - there are averages, to be sure, but each individual horse will be different. Breed is also significant... drafts and warmbloods tend to take much longer to reach their adult size than stock breeds, for example. I would agree that 6 is about the average.
     
  5. notnewtome

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    around 5-6
     
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    Thank you guys! Makes sense Nona! :)
     
  7. Pumpkin

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    Some ASB have been know to grow until their 7th year. I've seen this myself. So it DEPENDS on many things- breed, care/nutrients, etc.
     
  8. BlackCoffee

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    It depends on the horse! They can top out as early as 3, or as late as 7. Usually they stop growing around 5-6 though :)

    Lifestyle has a big affect on horses's development too! If a horse doesn't get enough nutrition they can be stunted. One of the horses at my barn came from the racetrack all skin and bones, 15.3. After 9 months of high quality hay, grass, and good food he's 16.1. I believe he was 5 when we got him, which is usually when the fast growing breeds like thoroughbreds top out. Of course, he could have just had a late growth spurt too.
     
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    awesome! A horse actually getting to be a horse works wonders for bone structure and strength!
     
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  10. XxLiveToRidexX

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    Really depends on the horse...I'd say you are safe to say somewhere between 5-7.
     
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