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11 month old at 14.1. Estimations on finishing height?

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  • 11 month old at 14.1. Estimations on finishing height?

    Warmbloods tend to grow slower and that holds true for the Morgan breed as well. My 11 month old Morgan Colt is at 14.1-2 hands. His Sire and Dam are both 16 hands. Both Sire and Dam have +16 hand relatives in the lines. The breeder said, the cross has produced late maturing foals finishing around the age of 6-7 yrs. They are unsure of the height of many of the foals the cross has had due to being sold predominantly to Amish families. He gets fed well and is on a good regiment for nutritional needs. He is growing like a weed and is in an Ugly Duckling stage! How tall were your youngsters at 11-12 months and what did they mature to?
    14.1 hands and I am 5'3''

  • #2
    The general rule for horses is to add 2h to the 12 month height, and 1h to the 2yo height. This held for my own, who was 14.3 at 12 months, and finished a hair under 17h.

    But a variety of factors can skew that - longer or shorter legs, a horse who matures (height-wise) slower or faster than average.

    IME, most horses really aren't done until about 6-7. My 2 TBs did a bit of vertical growing in the 6-7yo range. And any last bit of height is often a result of good work developing the musculature around the shoulder sling and "lifting" the withers a bit.
    The CoTH CYA - please consult w/your veterinarian under any and all circumstances. - ET


    • #3
      I can guarantee your Morgan will not finish out at pony height!


      • #4
        A guess but why not - I would say you are spot on for 16h.


        • #5
          Originally posted by JB View Post
          The general rule for horses is to add 2h to the 12 month height, and 1h to the 2yo height. This held for my own, who was 14.3 at 12 months, and finished a hair under 17h.
          I'd never heard that...interesting! I've been wondering as I have a monster of a yearling who's nearly 15.1 at 1 year (April 8). Hoping he sells to someone who's into giants!


          • #6
            Equine Unity Just want to throw out that I'm a little jealous. haha. My 11 month old morgan is 13hh...breeder estimated he would finish around 15 even, but the vet estimated he would finish over 15, under 16. Either way, I'm happy. Maybe we'll see you in the Dressage/H/J ring at Nationals in a few years!! I would guess your guy will be well over 16. Pretty boy!