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    Posted: 06 Aug 2015 at 7:03pm
I have read quite a few different articles about how big our just turned 2yo should be on average . She is 21 months old and was measured by the stud and I was told she is 15.1 hands . I am wondering if that is par for course , I'd be happy if she got to 15.3 hands like her mum . I am wondering if anyone has done a growth rate study on their home breds . I would be interested in their findings .
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Growth rates in all animals and humans is  genetically influenced. 

In humans they can scan a young persons growth plates in their arms. When bones are fused to the growth plates it means growing is finished.  When there is still a gap between the end of the bone and the growth plate they can measure the size and calculate how much growth is left.

I know a lot of young aspiring apprentices have this scan done  to learn how tall they are expected to grow to help them know whether they will remain small enough to be a jockey.

The same science would apply to all animals. i dont know if any vets do it. 

 
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I'd expect at least 2" worth of growth, given they don't stop growing & maturing untill 6 or 7.
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