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Is this person high? In re horse growth

Posted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:40 pm
by Tsavo
4 yo Clyde/Han 15.3 HH

The claim is he will finish at 16.2 HH.

Is this person high? Do horses really grow that much past 4??

Thanks in advance,

Re: Is this person high? In re horse growth

Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:03 am
by Ponichiwa
Can’t vouch for their sobriety, but Kiwi grew 1 hand between 4 and 7. Her sister grew 6".

Re: Is this person high? In re horse growth

Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:15 am
by Tsavo
Wow! I didn't know that was possible.

Re: Is this person high? In re horse growth

Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:21 am
by Ponichiwa
That said, it’s worth verifying the horse is actually 15.3 to start with...

Re: Is this person high? In re horse growth

Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:33 am
by musical comedy
I just read (according to Deb Bennet) the neck keeps growing until around 6. What Ponichiwa said...it's the rare horse seller that actually measures a horse when they give the height. It is almost always less than they say.

Re: Is this person high? In re horse growth

Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:37 am
by musical comedy
You'll laugh maybe, but I insisted on a measurement of my mare before I bought her. I bought sight unseen so I could not risk less than
16h.

Re: Is this person high? In re horse growth

Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:50 am
by Tsavo
I guess you trusted them to not have the mare up on blocks or something. :-)

Re: Is this person high? In re horse growth

Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:56 am
by musical comedy
Tsavo wrote:I guess you trusted them to not have the mare up on blocks or something. :-)
I did. I trust very few people, but this seller I did trust as much as we can trust anyone ;) .

Re: Is this person high? In re horse growth

Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:26 am
by Chisamba
I would say 70 % of horses are shorter than advertised in my experience

Re: Is this person high? In re horse growth

Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:48 am
by orono
Agree that most are shorter, but they can keep growing past 4. I've known some to grow til 7.

Re: Is this person high? In re horse growth

Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:58 am
by khall
Rip grew 1 1/2 inches between 6 and 7. Gaila got to 15.2 hh at 3 and has not grown since. String test is a good estimate of height. Rip was 15.3 at 3 and now is 16.2. Joplin string tests at 15.3 which is exactly what I wanted. She is extremely uphill was just noticing today and she has grown.

Re: Is this person high? In re horse growth

Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:23 am
by StraightForward
Chisamba wrote:I would say 70 % of horses are shorter than advertised in my experience


Yep. I was very surprised when I went to see a horse recently and it was actually a solid 16.1 with room to grow.

I bought Maya, my appaloosa, sight unseen. She was 3 and advertised as 15.3. The first question I asked the seller was if that was her current or expected finished height. She assured me she was 15.3 and would finish at least 16H. I was rather :? when I arrived in California and she presented me with a near pony-sized thing. Well, it was $800 and I was out the gas to get there and back, so in the trailer she went. She finished at 15.1 at age 5. The seller was like 5' tall, so I imagine that she honestly thought the horse was big.

To the original question, I think that's a little optimistic, but possible. Obie only grew another inch or so after age 4 to finish right at 17H. OTOH, I looked at a Weltmeyer filly that was around 15H as a 2 yo. The seller swore up and down that she would grow a ton and finish over 16H. Well, I saw her advertised from another seller recently, and she is 15.2 as a 5 yo, so it is a crap shoot.

If a horse is on the lower edge of my size requirement, I would ask for a leveled up, stick-measured height.

Re: Is this person high? In re horse growth

Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:25 am
by StraightForward
Wait, I thought you weren't horse shopping. :o

Re: Is this person high? In re horse growth

Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:06 am
by Tsavo
StraightForward wrote:Wait, I thought you weren't horse shopping. :o


I am not. That was window shopping. Also that was a gelding which is off the table.

Re: Is this person high? In re horse growth

Posted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 10:18 pm
by Sue B
One of my TB's (a gelding) was 15.1 when I bought him at 3yrs old, and he finished out at a solid 16.1. He had his final growth "spurt" at 5.