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7 y/o TB growth spurt!?

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  • 7 y/o TB growth spurt!?

    I switched all our horses to a new feed and have been noticing very positive results. The two lactating mares got pretty dragged down and both put on weight very nicely. Both are weaned now and one is in great weight and the other was but I noticed all of a sudden and out of the blue she got ribby. She just looked strange to me, but I couldn't put my finger on it, and I was floored with why the sudden drop in weight.

    Last weekend I was out there feeding and she just looked huge to me. She was standing next to my 16.3 mare and appeared to be towering over her. Odd I thought, so I brought them on cement and sure enough, she was taller! This mare was 16.1 (sticked) when we got her a year ago.

    I don't recall ever having a TB this late of a bloomer. Could it be the feed? Or just a fluke?
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  • #2
    my home bred tb gelding didn't finish growing till he was about 8


    • #3
      Most of our TBs are ex-racers, and we've had more than one retire from the track at 5 or 6 and then suddenly shoot up a couple of inches once they are let down. I don't recall it ever happening to a mare or filly though, just the geldings. Weird, I thought it was just a freak happening - maybe it happens more often than we realize.


      • #4
        WOW......sure hope we get that kinda growth spurt....we have a 3 year old warmblood cross that hasn't grown much in the last year and I am getting worried that is it...........Dam was finished height wise at 4.



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          This was a shocker for me, that is for sure. She was off the track in 2006. I've seen them grow (usually filling out vs up) after coming off the track and de-toxing, but it's been over 2 years so not likely related to OTTB status.

          I keep waiting for my 3 y/o ISH to grow (been holding out at 16h forever) but this girl I never expected it from. I'm still wondering if the feed had anything to do with it. I know it's crazy but we switched and she really bloomed and now this? But, the ISH is still holding tight at 16h so I won't call it the miracle feed yet, lol.
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            What did you switch to??? And from what???
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            • #7
              Might be time to trim her feet

              I've seen them go up an inch or so, but never that much that late! Have you sticked her?
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                I adopted a horse from CANTER almost three years ago. When I picked him up I remember thinking how small and scrawny he was. About a year later when he was standing next to my other horse, I realized that he'd grown at least an inch and had filled out significantly. No longer looks small or scrawny. He was 7 when I got him, so it definitely can happen.
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                • #9
                  I had an ottb who sticked at 16.3 when I bought him at 5, and sticked at 17.1 when I sold him at 7, so yes, it can definitely happen.
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                  • #10
                    Those TB's will fool you and shoot up late in life. Mr. Harvey Horse was a hair over 16 hands when I bought him at 5 and now is a hair under 16.2 at 17. So somewhere in there, something changed! It was really in his 7th year, when he was really fit and strong that he seemed to change the most.
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                      Originally posted by kookicat View Post
                      Might be time to trim her feet

                      I've seen them go up an inch or so, but never that much that late! Have you sticked her?

                      LOL, no foot high hooves on her either. I haven't sticked but I'd say 16.3 1/2 to 17h. And all withers! That is what struck me as so odd about her, she used to be so lovely and balanced and now she has a shark fin. Please tell me the rest will catch up (sighs).

                      VaBred, she was getting TDI-30 and oats and I switched her to HS-A and barley.

                      So there are late blooming TBs from what you all are saying, cool!
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                      • #12
                        Well, don't be surprised if she DOES grow into those withers and is huge later.

                        I bought a horse from Mapleshade who was 16.1 at 5. At 6 he was 17h and a FULL 17 hands, not just withers. I had NO IDEA he had grown so much, I kept thinking everyone was wacky saying he had gotten so big.

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                        • #13
                          my TB mare grew 1.5" between the ages of 6-8. her babies are slower growers as well, which makes me nervous. Her oldest, who is now 5 is already 17.1hh. I'm not sure I can handle another 1-2"!!

                          It really surprised me when I sticked her at 8 to see she had grown since I bought her at 6. I thought she would have been done already.


                          • #14
                            I have two "freak of nature" TBs.

                            I picked up one off of the track as a 5 1/2 year old. He was 16.1 when I brought him home and he suddenly hit a growth spurt at 6 which he's still in the middle of (I think). He's now 17.1h at the butt and 17h at the withers at the age of 7 1/2.

                            My other is a youngster I bought as a coming 2yo. He was 15.1h and scrawny and stayed that way until he was 4 1/2. In the last few months he's shot up to just shy of 16.1h and I suspect he's got a lot more to go. He string tested to 17h and based on his still-super-babyish build I suspect that he'll reach that. I keep joking that he's going to be 15 before he's done growing if he keeps growing at this rate!
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                            • #15
                              Just to address the feed issue. I noticed much more bloom and dapples even in winter! When I changed from TDI-30 and oats to TDI-30 and Natural Glow. I was told by several nutritionists that oats were basicly empty carbs and carbs are not recommended for warmbloods. I have been adding the Natural Glow for a couple years now and what a difference! Maybe your new feed has a high fat content? TDI-30 is an excellent balancer but lacks much fat. I also supplement the harder keepers and during lactation with some rice bran oil. The fat is what I think is helping our horses do so well right now. Check the fat content on your new feed, that may be part of the bloom. Not sure if it would also cause growth but souds like TBs can surprise with later growth spurts.


                              • #16
                                Definitely can happen, especially if the "height" is a factor of changing spine conformation - withers popping out as the skeleton matures. Our "senior" broodie grew nearly two inches between ages of 6 and 7 - finally got her front caught up to her nice big butt! She was in foal at the time, too, go figure.

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                                • #17
                                  Absolutely--they can grow for quite a while.
                                  Which made me giggle when someone came and looked at our 3 year old filly from CANTER (who is 15.1, and advertised as such) that "she's awfully small, I thought she'd be bigger, she's finished growing!"
                                  Yep lady, totally finished growing.


                                  • #18
                                    TB height

                                    I recently got an OTTB. He is 5 and stands about 16.2hands at the withers. His butt is still much higher than his withers. Hopefully his front end catches up. I cant wait to see what he looks like after he gets put out on the grass next spring. We feed purina ultium and flaxseed.


                                    • #19
                                      Mine still has a babyish look to him - I don't care if he gets any taller but I sure would like to see a little more weight on the boy.
                                      I did have another one also that didn't finish growing til he was about 7 - he got to be a very hunky 16'3.
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