Skeletal Maturation in Horses

Do we ask too much too soon? by Emma Green, Veterinary Physiotherapist We often hear people in the equine industry referring to their horse as an “early maturing horse” or a “slow maturing horse” when in actual fact there is no such thing. Every horse of every breed does not skeletally mature before the age of six. Many people believe that there are just a few growth plates in the horses’ body, when in actual fact growth plates are present on the ends of every bone, other than the skull, and in some places there are multiple growth plates (e.g....

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