mrh-slos asked in PetsHorses · 9 months ago

Is the height of horses still measured in hands? Or has metrication made this measure obsolete?

A hand is/was 4 inches. Is this measurement still used or has it perhaps been redefined as its metric approximation of 10cms?

4 Answers

  • Snezzy
    Lv 7
    9 months ago
    Favourite answer

    The advantage of "hands" is that you always have hands with you. If you know how, and have calibrated your hands, you can get a fairly good reading of the height of that horse you suddenly decided to purchase.

    Because a hand is nearly 10cm you can guess that a 145cm horse might be about 14.2hh, and can do the exact conversion if you choose. Some of us are pretty much equally happy with both systems. 

    The "English" system has the advantage of being anthropomorphic. You carry about your hand, foot, pace, cubit, ell, yard, fathom, and inch. One Roman mile is 1000 Roman paces. There is no part of the human body that reliably tells you one ten-millionth of the distance from the equator to the north pole.

  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    Yes, horses are still measured using hands. That hasn't changed at all.

  • Tavy
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    Still used in the U.K., we choose which measuring we want here. You can still buy stuff in inches or feet.

  • keerok
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    Hands is the traditional way but metric (or English depending on whether you're in the US or not) is widely acceptable.

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