When do they reach full height

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  1. wolfden

    wolfden Senior Member

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    I understand that horses are not finished growing until all the bones are done, however.... How old are they when they reach full height and just need to do the finishing? When do you say okay that is about the height she/he will be. Just the filling out and bone finishing left. I have two yearlings but don't know how much height is still to come. They have grown about 1/2 a hand since the spring. Will they keep growing past 2 years of age.. up to 3 years? I'm trying to get an idea of how tall they will be when they are finished. My Gelding is 14months and 14 hands. My filly is 15 months and 14.2 hands. I know there are varibles to keep in mind and I believe the growth will slow.. but these are my first babies and I'm familiar with when they stop. Dogs most have full height about 6mos but then are not finished growing until they fill out and mature. Horses?
     






  2. Simon Says

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    i have been told that smetimes is depends on the breed and then someone told me that they stop between 7-8
     
  3. Lou3

    Lou3 Senior Member+

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    The average horse is totally done growing and developing by six years old. Some horses take a little longer, some a little less.
    When they stop growing upwards varies but if they grow more than an inch after they turn four you're pretty unlucky (or lucky depending how you look at it). Saying that I bought a horse as a 3 yr old at 15.2hh expecting him to round out about 16hh, by the time i sold him as a six yr old he was a good solid 16.3hh and so much too big for me it wasn't funny. He grew three inches after he turned four.
    Lou
     
  4. matty

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    Some quick developers are fairly mature at 5 years old however 6 or 7 is most common. Obvoiously the speed of growth depends on what breed your horse is and how much he is being fed/excersised. It seems as if your gelding could reach anywhere up to 18hh and your filly will probably make about 17.2hh. This is just a rough guide as i have never kept horses under the age of 4. Hope that helps!
     
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    Blistering Winds Senior Member+

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    Quarter Horses reach full "HEIGHT" at 6 yrs of age. Though majority of it is reached by 3. I have, however, had a horse grow 1 hand from 3 yrs to 6 yrs. Shocked me completely, course he also is a QH/TB mix too. LOL. Thought he NEVER would hit 15 hands....
     
  6. crazi4horses

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    Depends on the breed I guess. I know a warmblood that we thought was done at 16.3-17.0 hands at 4 but every time he would come home from being boarded for the winter he would be an inch taller(and a shaded darker..Lol)..Now he is 18.0hh and done..FINALLY!! lol..He was actually done at 6 yrs i believe.
     
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    If you measure thier cannon bone i believe it is,(does anyone know if thats right?) it will tell you how tall they are going to be..ex. if your filly measures 17", she will be 17 hands tall..This doesnt work for all horses but i know alot of people it did work for.
     
  8. PiratePrincess

    PiratePrincess Senior Member

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    The heavier horses take a little longer to mature, Gracie (big fat Cob) was 14.3hh/15hh as a 4 year old and is now on the brink of 15.2hh (she's 5), she's still a little bum high so i'd expect her to make about 15.2hh, at the absolute maximum 15.3hh but 15.2hh is a little more likely.
     
  9. Simon Says

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    i have heard about that, is it true? anyone?
     
  10. GamblersDunDeal

    GamblersDunDeal Senior Member

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    most horses stop growing around the age of 5 and start filling out until they reach 7-8
     






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