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What age do horses stop growing?

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Horses usually don't stop growing til they are around four, but i have hear of some horses having growth spurt at age 6.

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My horse had a growth spurt when she was 4 almost 5. She was hip high. She has evened out now but I was surprised! Still hasn't made it to 15 hands, I'm waiting! She's 5 right now. I am hoping she'll make it [Jump]

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I know that with Quarter Horses they are still growing until they are 4-6 years old, but I think some other breeds mature a little faster. If I remember right Quarter Horses mature a little slower than averarge. [Wink]

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All breeds have about the same bone maturation rate. Some grow quicker than others, but the growth plates still all close around the same time (baring any neglect which would slow down the process from improper nutrition). Knees close first at 2.5 yrs old, hocks at around 4.5 yrs old, and the big neck bones (at the base, by the withers) close at 6 to 7 yrs old. Most horses are done growing height wise by anywhere from 4.5 to 6 years old.

The article posted above is VERY good, and written by a well respected vet.

~Barbara

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