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In Britain and America, the height of horses is traditionally measured in hands. One hand is equal to 4 inches.

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cmHandsInches17817.270175.517.169172.5176817016.367

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

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.

Taller Breeds

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.

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.

Horse height hh (hands) and cm (centimetres) conversionHands (hh)Centimetres (cm)14.3149.8615.0152.4015.1154.9415.2157.48

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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A “Hand” is a unit of measure equal to 4 inches, used to measure the height of a horse at the highest point of the withers. The number of whole hands is properly followed by a period, then the remaining height in inches. Thus a horse who measures 5 feet and two inches at the withers would be designated “15.2 hands”.

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.

Big Jake became famous worldwide in 2010 after he was crowned the tallest in the world by the Guinness World Records at an extraordinary 20 hands, 2.75 inches (210.2 centimeters or 82.75 inches.)24 мая 2018 г.

Hands are the traditional unit of measurement.

Henry VIII standardized the hand measurement at 4 inches in the 1500s. Having a consistent width allowed buyers and sellers of horses to have a standard reference. It is a practical way to measure horses and is still used today.

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