Two year sizes

Two year sizes

Post by jbyn » Tue, 19 Mar 1996 04:00:00


One general rule for estimating mature horse height is that a foal will
make 90% of its *** height by its first birthday and 95% by 18 months.  
YMMV, and alot seems to depend on breed and family characteristics.  56
inches is 95% of 59 inches, and 14.3 isn't an unreasonable size for an
Arabian.


 
 
 

Two year sizes

Post by Corey Lee Bish » Wed, 20 Mar 1996 04:00:00

: One general rule for estimating mature horse height is that a foal will
: make 90% of its *** height by its first birthday and 95% by 18 months.  
: YMMV, and alot seems to depend on breed and family characteristics.  56
: inches is 95% of 59 inches, and 14.3 isn't an unreasonable size for an
: Arabian.


Arabians tend to mature slowly.  I had one mare that didn't reach her
mature height until age five.  So, if your Arabian baby seems small
at 18 months, just wait a few years.  
And PUL-EASE (!!!) don't' break it to ride TOO early!

Age three is fine, as long as the knees are closed, but I have waited
a bit longer on a mare that didn't mature mentally as quickly as I would
like.

Sue, who prefers to be conservative with her horses because she wants
to 'conserve' them for a long productive life!

--
"Inconceivable!"
"You keep using that word.  I don' think it means
what you think it means."    _The Princess Bride_
"Never underestimate the power of stupidity."  Robert Heinlein

 
 
 

Two year sizes

Post by crmull » Thu, 21 Mar 1996 04:00:00


Quote:

>I have a two year old arab mare who stands 56". She was born in Sept., so
>she really is only a year and a half. Is this small at this age or normal
>and what size should she get?  What size are your two year olds and how
>old in months?

Hi,
        I bought a two-year old Arab several years ago, and he was about 14.3
at the time. Your mare has alot of growing to do still, and I would say that
she is definatly within the "normal" range for her age and breed.
        Have fun with her!
                Caroline Muller

 
 
 

Two year sizes

Post by Morgan Jam » Fri, 22 Mar 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

>One general rule for estimating mature horse height is that a foal will
>make 90% of its *** height by its first birthday and 95% by 18 months.  
>YMMV, and alot seems to depend on breed and family characteristics.  56
>inches is 95% of 59 inches, and 14.3 isn't an unreasonable size for an
>Arabian.



Hmmm, Jane, I'd put this one in with the old Wonderbread add,
according to that I was going to end up about 5'8" (I'm a tad over
6'3" last time I looked.)  

I've certainly bred a LOT of horses that got nowhere near 90% of their
finished height at year 1. My paint stud is still growing at age 4 and
his sire was about 15.1 at age three and finished at 16 at age 5.
Morgan

 
 
 

Two year sizes

Post by jaz » Sat, 23 Mar 1996 04:00:00

Quote:


>>One general rule for estimating mature horse height is that a foal will
>>make 90% of its *** height by its first birthday and 95% by 18 months.  
>I've certainly bred a LOT of horses that got nowhere near 90% of their
>finished height at year 1. My paint stud is still growing at age 4 and
>his sire was about 15.1 at age three and finished at 16 at age 5.
>Morgan

I agree with Morgan, those critters would be pretty short if they only
grew till they were 18 months old.    I have a 3/4 TK and he is just
keeps growing and growing, he is 6 now and we fully expect him to stop
soon.  He has steadily grown his entire life.  At 18 months he was about
15 hands and now he is 17.1 hands.  If I expected his full height to be
reached by age two I would have been very "short-changed".

Try the old string test (which has been printed before, I KNOW IT).  
Take a string and measure from the middle of the ankle (where the ergot
is) and then take the string up to the middle of the elbow.  Double the
measurement for a full grown individual.  My measurement told me at age
two my TK would be 17.2......I believe he make make that measurement by
his seventh year.

Now I have a two year old at home now, going on three on May 10th, her
measurement says she will get to 16.2, I'm afraid you will have to wait
about three years to hear if we have that on nailed down.

Barrels and legs tend to even up in size on well proportioned horses,
some get a little leggy, some get a bit short in the leg so you have a
bit of give or take in all these measurements.  But averages do just
that......average out.

Regards,
jaz