Carlie Wells Eventing | 3 Questions | 24 Answers

When do horses approximately stop growing?

When do horses approximately stop growing?
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Depends on the breed but my horse stopped around 7 years old
Yes 5ish they stop growing vertically but their knees don't fully close until around 8 years. Something to keep in mind when introducing your horse to jumps or other high concussion activities.
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Depends what you mean by growing.
Growing in height and physical maturity are different.
Most horses' backbone is mature and solid at 6 years old. While some horses grow and change physically until 8,9 years old.
It depends on the breed mostly.
Most little breeds and pony end around 4-5ish but heavy draft or bigger boned horses wouldn't be done until 7-8 ish.
I know my draft cross gelding grew until 8. I bought him at 6 (16hand) and he is8 (16'3 hands now)
the more original breeds (mustang, Arabian ect.) stop around 4 years, and the more inbred (such as thoroughbred, warmbloods and even some quarter horses) don't stop until around 6 or so years old, from what I have heard and seen
Hi Carlie! As said previously horses reach their adult height around 5 years old, but this does not mean that their body and bones don't continue to grow, their global adult body is formed around 7 years old :)
Usually at around 4. If they're still croup high, chances are they have a lot of growing left to do
Normally 4-5 years old but some heavy breeds will not reach full height till they're 7 or 8! I hope this helps!
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