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Old 07-06-2006, 10:03 PM  
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When do horses stop growing?

This may sound silly to some but what age does a horse stop growing?? Like filling out and when they stop growing in height??
My mom keep on insisting on me buy this beautiful paint but she is small not that big......she looks pony to me.....but she is 3yr and Im like mom I dont think she is gonna get any bigger. And Im not a tiny gal either
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Old 07-06-2006, 11:00 PM  
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I'm not an expert, but I think it all depends on the breed.

Like a draft would take longer to finish growing compared to an appy for example.

I'd say around 4 years of age a horse is done growing.
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Old 07-06-2006, 11:05 PM  
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I was told that horses arent fully developed until around 7.
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Old 07-07-2006, 02:35 AM  
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I would say if she is already three, and is still quite small that she is not going to get much taller. She will thicken out some but it all depends on her dam and Sire and who they come from. It is true though that all breeds "usually" mature at different rates, for example, usually a thoroughbred reaches its full height before a QH would. But still, all horses are not "fully" ready for real work until around age 6 as thats when their growth plates finish sealing (sp?) and thats usually when they are considered "finished maturing". In regards to a breeding stallion, they are not considered fully mature until around age five.
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Old 07-07-2006, 04:22 AM  
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It depends on the breed and sometimes, the breeding within the breed...for QHs, they finish maturing between five and seven - we have found that certain breeding pedigrees mature later then others. The kness don't fully close up until five - and the mind is truly not mature in many horses until about seven. If your filly has the bone, she may still fill out - if she doesn't then she will probably be a small horse. Our two and three year olds currently range from 14.2 and 1000 lbs to 15.2 and 1200 lbs - I am hoping some of the bigger ones sttop now! I am going to need a step ladder to get on them if they don't....
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Old 07-07-2006, 05:23 AM  
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I would also say between 5 and 7.
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Old 07-07-2006, 06:24 AM  
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I have heard age 5 but between 5 and 7 sounds about right....Arabs knees don't knit until 3 and they are slower maturing than most breeds.

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Old 07-07-2006, 09:13 AM  
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About 6 is what I've always heard.They won't grow to much more past three, but it's joints fusing and stuff like that.
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Old 07-07-2006, 12:48 PM  
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Thanks you everyone, I figure she won't be any bigger. So I think I may skip on buying her......I want something that Im able to ride. She is beautiful though, but to small for me. I think she is more a size for a kid. Oh well.....
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Old 07-07-2006, 01:17 PM  
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Not only genetics, but the feed they get while they are growing. If they dont get enough, they can be stunted.

Around 6-7, depending on the breed, genetics, and proper feeding.
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Old 07-08-2006, 07:14 PM  
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For a "stock" type horse, typically 75% of their growth (height) is done by age 2. But that's just an average. Like others have said particular bloodlines make a difference. And with a draft, they are about 75% done at age 5. All breeds continue to "bulk" for another 2-3 years after they are done growing. So 4-7 years for stock horses, 7-9 years for drafts, larger breeds.
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Originally Posted by TXCowGrl82
For a "stock" type horse, typically 75% of their growth (height) is done by age 2.
My God, I think Zippy may stay a midget forever! Kidding, he is 14.1-2h now, makes it to at least 15h (preferably bigger) and I'll be satisfied. I guess...

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Old 07-08-2006, 08:45 PM  
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My vet says they grow in height till 4 and width & mass till 6.
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Old 07-08-2006, 08:53 PM  
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As AP, said. They still grow taller after 2 years of age.

If that was the case, the grey stallion I owned would look like a welsh pony. He didnt stop growing up till he was 6, and now 16 hh. He was QH bred with foundation.

You have late bloomers.
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