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  • At what age does a horse "fill out?"

    Exactly what the title says...and we are talking about warmbloods in general. But I would be interested to hear about other breeds as well...

  • #2
    depends on the individual, but my experience has been somewhere between 4 and 7.

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    • #3
      I definitely think they keep filling out and growing into themselves from 5-7 or 8. I got my horse at 5.5---he just turned 8 and he has filled out a ton since I bought him. Registered Canadian WB (Holsteiner stallion and lots of Holsteiner on the dam side).

      Here he is at a schooling show at 6yo where everyone complimented me on my lovely "Thoroughbred." (Don't get me wrong, I love me some TB's! sometimes I wish he was, but this horse is not one.) https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net...11_4360926.jpg The chunky horse on the left is a TB, the more slender horse on the right is my WB.

      At 7 I don't get any more Thoroughbred comments, people ask what kind of warmblood he is. Here is is at 7 https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net..._5492885_n.jpg

      At 8 https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net..._2885632_n.jpg

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      • #4
        It varies between warmbloods and thoroughbreds. Warmbloods start filling out at 4 but don't really stop until they are 7-8 years old. Thoroughbreds don't grow too long but they start at 2 and go until about 5-6. I have a Morgan horse. The "Old type" Start growing at 3 and are done in height by 5. They widen until they are 8-9 years old. Morgans are seen in the hunter ring for children due to their smaller size.

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        • #5
          7-8 for warmbloods.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by SkipChange View Post
            I definitely think they keep filling out and growing into themselves from 5-7 or 8. I got my horse at 5.5---he just turned 8 and he has filled out a ton since I bought him. Registered Canadian WB (Holsteiner stallion and lots of Holsteiner on the dam side).

            Here he is at a schooling show at 6yo where everyone complimented me on my lovely "Thoroughbred." (Don't get me wrong, I love me some TB's! sometimes I wish he was, but this horse is not one.) https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net...11_4360926.jpg The chunky horse on the left is a TB, the more slender horse on the right is my WB.

            At 7 I don't get any more Thoroughbred comments, people ask what kind of warmblood he is. Here is is at 7 https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net..._5492885_n.jpg

            At 8 https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net..._2885632_n.jpg
            There is hope for us!!!

            My DWB still sort of resembles the 6yo pic - maybe a little more filled out but he is still on the slightly TB-y looking side. At age 5 he looked like a spider... all leg and weeny little body. Age 6, less of a spider, but still plenty of resemblance - VERY similar to the picture you posted. He's 7 now and is kind of a mixture of spider and pony - getting a bit rounder but still a bit leggy!

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            • #7
              The thoroughbred I rode didn't fill out until he was about 9 or 10. But now he's pretty fat and pleasant! Although certainly not fat by warmblood standards lol

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              • #8
                I also think that it has to do with how much TB blood they have in their pedigree, not just Warmblood vs. Thoroughbred

                We had one mare that had a very low TB blood % and she didn't truly fill out until she was 7 years old

                Whereas, we have one mare that has a high % of TB blood and she has looked about the same since she was 4 years of age.

                Low TB Blood mare at age 3: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?s...type=1&theater
                Low TB Blood mare at age 4: http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/photo...75806_4107.jpg
                Low TB blood mare at age 7: http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphot...2_943715_n.jpg

                High TB Blood mare at age 2: http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/photo...46259_5884.jpg
                High TB Blood mare at age 3: http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/photo...75814_4645.jpg
                High TB Blood mare at age 5: http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphot..._3911522_n.jpg
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                • #9
                  Cuuutttteee horse skipchange!

                  I bought my youngster at 3 and I got some comments about whether he was a TB or TB cross. The County fitter recommended a medium narrow saddle...

                  http://s5.photobucket.com/albums/y19...nt=Alldone.jpg

                  http://s5.photobucket.com/albums/y19...rent=hohum.jpg

                  http://s5.photobucket.com/albums/y19...ronicaWalk.jpg

                  http://s5.photobucket.com/albums/y19...yatkeneva3.jpg

                  Those comments stopped around the time he turned 5 and now people say "here comes that big bay horse" when they see him at shows. The saddle fitter now recommends a medium wide...

                  http://s5.photobucket.com/albums/y19...urrent=057.jpg

                  http://s5.photobucket.com/albums/y19...urrent=042.jpg

                  http://s5.photobucket.com/albums/y19...t=DSC_9157.jpg


                  http://s5.photobucket.com/albums/y19...rent=017-1.jpg


                  He did a LOT of up/down growing between 3 and 5 but didn't seem to ME to really FILL IN until the up/down stuff stopped/slowed down. I am thinking maybe he's done groing UP and will just fill in now? Hanoverian lines, Fabuleux on top, Wummestern lines on the bottom.
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                  • #10
                    I got my QH when he was about 4, and he started to really fill out when he was 5-6... I would say last year, when he was 7, he was completely filled out and muscled up. (At least I hope so, because I'm done buying new saddles for him!)

                    This is his sale picture from when he was 4: http://inlinethumb51.webshots.com/38...600x600Q85.jpg (note the sad little roached mane and banged tail! Poor baby...)

                    And this is when he was 6 or 7, I think: http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphot..._2692626_n.jpg
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                    • #11
                      My Holsteiner mare really filled out the year she was 7. Saddle fit changed and I had to buy bigger blankets after that year was over.

                      I currently have a 3 year old TB who I have had for 6 months and I can't wait to see how much bigger she is going to get since she has changed so much in 6 months already. Here is a link to her album which shows her progression so far.

                      http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?s...9&l=57e400b9a3

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                      • #12
                        TB's seem to sprout like weeds from 3-4 yo in height. Their bodies are more subtle in the "filling out" process because the are generally leggy, delicate horses. I have a TB mare that we bred, very "type-y" narrow and leggy, she was done growing at 4 and never filled out much. She is 14 now and looks the same as she did at 4! My QH mare (who is 3/4 TB!) has changed dramatically from 3 to 4 yo and continues to fill out...many saddle fittings, shimmed pads, etc. My experience with QH is they grow slowly and continue to fill out up to 6 or 7 yo.

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                        • #13
                          My APHA mare just started filling out, a month or two after her 4th birthday.
                          http://www.minuspride.blogspot.com

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by SkipChange View Post
                            I definitely think they keep filling out and growing into themselves from 5-7 or 8. I got my horse at 5.5---he just turned 8 and he has filled out a ton since I bought him. Registered Canadian WB (Holsteiner stallion and lots of Holsteiner on the dam side).

                            Here he is at a schooling show at 6yo where everyone complimented me on my lovely "Thoroughbred." (Don't get me wrong, I love me some TB's! sometimes I wish he was, but this horse is not one.) https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net...11_4360926.jpg The chunky horse on the left is a TB, the more slender horse on the right is my WB.

                            At 7 I don't get any more Thoroughbred comments, people ask what kind of warmblood he is. Here is is at 7 https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net..._5492885_n.jpg

                            At 8 https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net..._2885632_n.jpg
                            Sorry to go OT but loooooooooove that jumping pic of the two of you! Perfect form for both of you!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by kelsey97 View Post
                              TB's seem to sprout like weeds from 3-4 yo in height. Their bodies are more subtle in the "filling out" process because the are generally leggy, delicate horses. I have a TB mare that we bred, very "type-y" narrow and leggy, she was done growing at 4 and never filled out much. She is 14 now and looks the same as she did at 4! My QH mare (who is 3/4 TB!) has changed dramatically from 3 to 4 yo and continues to fill out...many saddle fittings, shimmed pads, etc. My experience with QH is they grow slowly and continue to fill out up to 6 or 7 yo.
                              Got my OTTB just a month before his 4th b'day. He was pretty narrow but also needed about 300lbs. He turned 5 in April and I see more depth between his front legs and his shoulders are filling out more. I still feel like I have about a 100 more lbs to go.

                              "If you have the time, spend it. If you have a hand, lend it. If you have the money, give it. If you have a heart, share it." by me

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                              • #16
                                I know this thread is SUPER old but I was googling this today, I have a 3 year old (Will be 4 late spring) 1/2 Dutch, 1/4 thoroughbred ,& 1/4 Trakhener bred. The other day I brought her into the barn to do some ground driving and was informed that a few people have referred to her as a "Track rat" apparently a not so affectionate name for off the track thoroughbreds.

                                I have always owned very thick horses, even the one TB that I did own was bigger boned than her (extremely thick often mistaken for a draft cross) My last 3 year old was extremely thick and by the age of 6 did not look overly different just a hand taller. My question is... how drastic are the changes in a horse from the age 3 and onward ?

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                                • #17
                                  My TB went from tall, leggy, and skinny to a downright beefcake these last 6 months since he turned 4. I always knew he would eventually, given his bone structure, but the sheer amount of mass he's accumulated has been amazing.

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                                  • #18
                                    thanks! that is promising, right now she is so leggy she kind of looks like an over grown foal lol! her sire is extremely thick and big boned... and her dam was pretty chunky herself... my mares legs all 4 put together look as thick as one of her moms lol

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                                    • #19
                                      My Arab looked lovely just shy of his third birthday when I bought him, then looked like a gangly freak of nature for the next year to the point I had people asking why the heck I bought him. At the end of his 4yo year, he was finally starting to look like the well bred Arab he is, but was still quite small. He quit getting taller somewhere around 4 - 4 1/2 yo. He's 6 1/2 now and seems to be slowing down on the filling out front, though hasn't stopped yet.

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                                      • #20
                                        My 7 year old Oldenburg has filled out a ton over the past 6 months or so. I just had to buy him an entire new winter wardrobe...

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