Equine Advice: How Tall?


Gypsy, the Equine Encyclopedia, has something to say about how to measure a horse’s height.  Like all shetlands, she is always watching, listening and learning.

Horses, ponies and all equines are measured in hands One hand equals 4 inches.  Horses are measured from one front hoof to the top of the withers (where the neck ties into the back).  Ideally, before being measured, the horse should stand on a flat surface with all four feet squarely under him.

If a horse is between hands, then his measurement is in hands and inches (examples are 14 hands, 2 inches, 12.3, 15.2).


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