Growing Connemara Ponies are not always easy to keep looking at their best, but we can ensure they look great while still supporting controlled, even growth with a bit of care and attention to their diet and management.
A typical approach with this age group is to live out with little or no hard feed. Their diet is generally, therefore, insufficient in nutrients, including all-important protein, which supplies vital essential amino acids for lean muscle development. As a result, these youngsters often have a weak top line and poor muscling, yet some may be overweight and, depending on forage quality, may have a “bloated” appearance.
The Yearling Connemara Pony (12 – 24 months of age)
The typical yearling should have reached approximately 85 -90% of its mature height by one year, 95% of its bone length, and about 65% of its grown-up weight. Growth rates are slowing, but it is still a vital phase in the young athletes’ lives. By 18 months, 80% of their mature weight will have been reached. By 2 years, 85 – 90% of the adult weight will have been achieved.
Two and Three-Year-Old Connemara Ponies (24 to 48 months of age)
By now, the normal growing two-year-old will have reached 90% of their mature body weight. And, by 36 months, 95%. However, maturity of bone and wither height may be achieved sooner than mature body weight; therefore, at 2 – 3 years of age, your Connemara Pony will still be growing but is doing so very slowly.
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