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Guesstimation on adult height for a QH filly?

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I wonder if you have any guesstimations on my filly's adult height. I've seen the string tests and have done them both on her -- one indicates probably around 14.3, the other puts her at 15.1 (measuring middle of the knee to coronet band). I'm wondering if she could really reach 15/15.1 based on her current height and physicality.

She will be 2 at the end of April, and is currently standing just under 13.2 in the front, pushing 14h in the rear. Dad was 15.3, mom is a hair below 14.3. She is built much more like dad -- she is a BEEFCAKE and looks like a mature horse already. I've read that sometimes means they'll stay on the smaller end.

She shot up, too quickly, when she was between 2-4 months, so I worked with my vet to slow her growth down to prevent development of OCD. She's been on a steady growth rate since then, usually with a good 2-3in difference from her back end to her front end. She's not had a great growth spurt since late fall, but I expect one within the next few months.

I know she's still young and has time to grow. I'm more curious what everyone thinks based on their own experience. Her 4 and 5 year old half siblings (same dad) are still owned by the stallion owner, and she says they're still growing.

Below is her pedigree. Anyone know anything about how these Zippo Pine Bar/Doc Bar horses tend to grow? What do you think?
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Mine are mostly Impressive/DocBar but a few have Boston Mac thrown in. By three years horses have 98% of their height. They aren't putting on very much height from their 3rd year to their 5th (Skeletal growth). A horse is expected to finish at 15 hands should be 14.3 by their 3rd year going into their 4th. Hoof height (are they kept trimmed, do they wear shoes) and muscle built across the topline can add to that finished height too. I would consider mine stocky but not the old style bulldog. Two of my half siblings (same sire) are within 2 inches of each other. Mare's are the same height but one is a tank and heavily muscled - the other is very lean and not so bulky. The geldings are 4 y.o. and very close to the same height but the stockier one gets some of his height from muscle. The other is lean with not so much muscle over the same area. Both should finish filling out in the next two years. My drafts will finish filling out later but we see the same except they stay leaner longer with the finish bulk put on between 6th and 8th year.
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