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Old 26-10-2013, 06:39 PM
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When do horses stop growing?

Hello all! I have a dear spotty boy (see photo) who has just turned 3. He is only 13.1 at the moment but I was told he would make at least 14h. Any opinions on whether he has any more growth left in him or not...? I so want him to get bigger because I love him and don't want to sell him, but I weigh 9 stone and worry I might be too heavy to eventually ride him...
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Old 26-10-2013, 06:41 PM
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Re: When do horses stop growing?

Sorry...I meant to add that I have been recommended feeding him Stud and Youngstock mix until he's 4...anyone any comments on this?
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Old 26-10-2013, 07:18 PM
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Re: When do horses stop growing?

Horses generally stop growing at around 4yrs old - that's when their weight bearing joints fuse, but I've had them keep going until they are 7 or 8, my stallion put on 2 inches as a 5 year old, they also carry on muscling up until they are around 8 so I wouldn't give up hope, he may have a growth spurt yet!
Also the age of gelding a colt will have an affect on height - if gelded at around a year or less before some of the long bones fuse and testosterone kicks in in larger amounts then they will grow a few inches taller than if left entire as testosterone inhibits growth and instead makes them chunkier/stallion neck etc.

As for feed I personally have never fed a youngster unless they really have needed it i.e. a very hard winter or the haylage isn't as good as it should be as the chances of OCD and the like are increased if you stuff them full of hard feed and the chances of them getting fat is higher and then you have to restrict spring grazing or risk extra stress on their joints. As long as you have add lib good quality hay/haylage and a vitamin lick or supplement just so they are getting their vitamins then they really are better left without hard feed, at 3 your boy won't be putting on massive spurts like he would have done as a yearling so doesn't need it if your forage is good. I'd leave him another year and just do ground work stuff with him and see where he matures out then, if you want a taller gg to add to your herd give me a shout I've got a yearling TB x friesian who is around 15.3 at the mo, although his bum is over 16Hh, and his siblings have all gone around the 17Hh mark at 4 or 5 so is going to be very tall!!!!
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Old 27-10-2013, 08:53 AM
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Re: When do horses stop growing?

Thank you AlexArt that reply was really helpful! I would love your thoroughbred x friesian, but I already have three horses and have no room (or time!) for more I have a warmblood x american paint horse filly who is only 4 now, but I have dreams of putting her to a friesian stud one day... By the way, love your artwork - have 'liked' your page
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Re: When do horses stop growing?

You will in no way be too big or heavy to ride your (gorgeous) spotty pony!

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Old 29-10-2013, 05:51 AM
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Re: When do horses stop growing?

SpotOn - thanks for that. He is very fine (I have attached another pic, although all the ones I have of him seem to be of him lying down!), not at all 'cobby' built - do you think I will be able to ride him, even if he doesn't grow much more?
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Re: When do horses stop growing?

9 stone would be fine for a 14hh pony. He is lovely
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Re: When do horses stop growing?

My daughter has a 14hh Appaloosa (Moonshine) and shes 5'6'' and about 9 and a half stone, shes not to big or heavy for her lad, BUT she says she feels big on him and her legs seem to hang to low, and she struggled to get a saddle that fitted both her and him, and she found that some saddles her knees would hang over the flaps.. though like you, she loves him to bits and wont sell him as shes had him from birth.

we expected Moonshine to make 15hh... mum (ticky in my sig) is 14.3 and dad 15.2.. but both he and his full brother (Apache)only made 14hh..

on the 'when do they stop growing' can depend on the horses, Freckles (in sig) made 16hh at 3 years and never grew another inch, yet her son Harley, grew another inch as a 5 year old (now 15'3, 7 years old and entire, also in my sig)

Moonshine and my daughter trying a western saddle.. a few years ago as this was took in Spain, and shes got him in the UK now..

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Re: When do horses stop growing?

my "pony" is 3, and at the moment around 14.1-14.2 bum high!!....if she evens out at 15hh then thats fine....she should make that but i dont mind either way



she capped her hocks this year ( ) but x rays show nothing abnormal - just fluid and bye bye showing career!!!! she was bought for dressage anyhow and i have her full sibling cooking








im lead to believe 4/5 they almost reach their full height but can go on a little more?
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Re: When do horses stop growing?

Shes lovely! Can see her capped hocks - bless her!
Usually they're fully grown by around 5, but some carry on growing up to 7, not always in height but in build.
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