The hand is a non-SI unit of measurement of length standardized to 4 inches (10.2 cm). It is used to measure the height of horses in many English-speaking countries, including Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. It was originally based on the breadth of a human hand.
To measure your horses body length, measure (in inches) from the point of the shoulder to the point of the hip. Your tape measure should run at an angle as shown by the yellow line in the image. The measurement you take is your horses body length.
Equine Size-ChartDESCRIPTIONHANDSINCHESHORSE14 H56-58 inches14.2 H58-60 inches15 H60-62 inches15.2 H62-64 inches
Horse Height.HANDSINCHESFEET17.1695ft 917.2705ft 1017.3715ft 1118.0726ft
A standard adult horse, on average, measures 14-17 hands at the withers, but some can exceed 18 hands while others can be as small as 8-9 hands depending on the breed.
Your inseam should be 60% or less of the horse’s height in inches. That means, if you have a 36″ inseam, your horse should be at least 15 hands tall. It’s not that you couldn’t ride a taller or shorter horse, you absolutely could, based on the information above.
1.4 – 1.8 mAdult, At the withers
How to Calculate a Horses Weight With a Standard Measuring Tape. Measure with a vinyl measuring tape all the way around the horse from an inch behind the top of the withers and behind the elbows. Measure the horse from the point of the shoulder to the point of the buttock.
Horse height hh (hands) and cm (centimetres) conversionHands (hh)Centimetres (cm)14.3149.8615.0152.4015.1154.9415.2157.48
The thoroughbred grows to an average height of 63.78 inches, or about 16 hands, with a range of 62 to 68 inches or more. … Various warmblood breeds, often used as sport horses in dressage, show jumping and eventing, are the tallest of the equines used primarily for riding.
15.2 – This is the correct way of writing that a horse is 15 hands, 2 inches tall. (Spoken as “fifteen two,” or “fifteen hands, two inches.”) … This means that a horse is 15 hands, 4 inches tall. Since a hand is equal to four inches, this horse is actually 16 hands tall.
Horse Height Conversion ChartHands (hh)Inches (in)Feet (ft)16.1655ft 516.2665ft 616.3675ft 717685ft 8
For example, a horse that measures 56 inches from the ground up to the top of the withers is 14 hands high, or 14 hh.