Equine Size-ChartDESCRIPTIONHANDSINCHESHORSE14 H56-58 inches14.2 H58-60 inches15 H60-62 inches15.2 H62-64 inches
Divide the number of inches by four. The resulting number is how many hands tall your horse is. The number may not divide evenly. For example, your horse may measure 62 inches, which results in 15 hands plus an additional 2 inches.
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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. The standardbred, used for harness racing, averages about 63 inches tall, with a range of 60 to 66 inches or more.
Horse Height Conversion ChartHands (hh)Inches (in)Feet (ft)16.1655ft 516.2665ft 616.3675ft 717685ft 8
1.4 – 1.8 mAdult, At the withers
Horse Height.HANDSINCHESFEET16.0645ft 416.1655ft 516.2665ft 616.3675ft 7
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.
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.
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.
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.
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