Horse Height Conversion Chart

Traditionally a horses height has been measured in hands, 1 hand = 4 inches, so a 17.2hh = 70 inches which equals 178cm. As well as hands people are now referring to their horses height in cm`s. Below we take a look at a horse height conversion chart.
 Hands  Inches  Feet  Centimetres
 12hh  48  4ft  121.92cm
 12.1hh  49  4ft 1  124.46cm
 12.2hh  50  4ft 2  127cm
 12.3hh  51  4ft 3  129.54cm
 13hh  52  4ft 4  132.08cm
 13.1hh  53  4ft 5  134.62cm
 13.2hh  54  4ft 6  137.16cm
 13.3hh  55  4ft 7  139.7cm
 14hh  56  4ft 8  142.24cm
 14.1hh  57  4ft 9  144.78cm
 14.2hh  58  4ft 10  147.32cm
 14.3hh  59  4ft 11  149.86cm
 15hh  60  5ft  152.4cm
 15.1hh  61  5ft 1  154.94cm
 15.2hh  62  5ft 2  157.48cm
 15.3hh  63  5ft 3  160.02cm
 16hh  64  5ft 4  162.56cm
 16.1hh  65  5ft 5  165.1cm
 16.2hh  66  5ft 6  167.64cm
 16.3hh  67  5ft 7  170.18cm
 17hh  68  5ft 8  172.72cm
 17.1hh  69  5ft 9  175.26cm
 17.2hh  70  5ft 10  177.8cm
 17.3hh  71  5ft 11  180.3cm
 18hh  72  6ft  182.88cm

Why Are Horses Measured In Hands?

The reason that horses are measured are hands date back to the days when rulers were not commonly owned so people used body parts to measure, hence the width of the average hand is around 4 inch`s, this was then standardised for conversion. Other body parts were also used for measuring things for example a foot is around 12 inches. This measurement is taken from the highest point of the withers, roughly in the middle, to the floor.

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