>>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.
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