Measuring Horse Height in Hands

with Chart

A horse’s height can be measured using either the hands unit or in centimeters. Breeders from the United States, Canada, and England commonly use hands to measure their horses; other locations use the metric system.

A hand is equivalent to 4 inches, . Before you can measure your horse accurately, you have to own the proper tools for measuring. Here are some steps you need to take to measure your horse.

Lead your horse into an even flat surface. With your halter and lead rope or bridle, hold your horse steady and make sure that it is standing squarely on all feet. 

Step 1: Find A Flat, Even Surface

Horse’s height gets measured from the ground to the horse’s withers. A horse’s withers is the intersection where the shoulders meet the neck.

Step 2: Measure the Height of the Horse

Once you’ve measured your horse’s height, you then need to convert your measurements accordingly. If your measurements are already in hands, then you can write down your size on your horse’s chart

Step 3: Convert your measurement if needed and write them down.