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post #11 of 16 Old 12-29-2009, 05:21 PM Thread Starter
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Also, my mistake, he's a Belgian not a Percheron. OOOOPPSS!!!

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post #12 of 16 Old 12-29-2009, 08:26 PM
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>>>> First off, if you mean 20 and 1/2 hands, it would be written 20.2 (a hand is 4 inches, and the 2 is 2 inches, or 1/2 of a hand.)

>>>> I was pondering that the other day, its really not correct. The 20-is in hands, the .2-is in inches, you can't technically mix measurement systems. So 20.5 is actually technically correct. We horse people very much enjoy confusing nonhorsey people.

The practice of measuring horses in hands and inches (each inch being a fraction of a hand), and putting the whole hands measurement to the left of the "." and the fraction of a hand, the inch measurement, to the right of the ".", IS correct-- for this particular old, established, traditional measurement system. Doing this is NOT mixing measurement systems-- the "." is meant to seperate the two measurements recognized in ONE system (hands and inches) rather than to be used as a decimal point to denote that "proper" decimal fraction will follow....

"Hands.Inches" has been a working and well understood system for 100's, maybe 1000's, of years, and IMO it is easier and simpler to teach it correctly as it has been customarily used than it would be to try and convert a part of the system over to "proper" decimals.

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post #13 of 16 Old 12-29-2009, 10:51 PM Thread Starter
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Please do not hi-jack this thread for a dispute. This thread is a post about my friends horse, not about who's right and who's wrong and conversions and how to measure. Please put all that in your own thread.

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post #14 of 16 Old 12-29-2009, 11:18 PM
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well those belgians are gorgeous!!!! and it's funny how they little bitty chain will keep that huge horse in there haha. beautiful horses!


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post #15 of 16 Old 12-29-2009, 11:57 PM
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Sorry--I thought it was relevant because if we are using different terms and figures to measure, then its pretty tough to accurately discuss how tall these big guys are... and know how they stack up as compared to world records and such. But I didn't mean to hi-jack.

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post #16 of 16 Old 12-30-2009, 05:51 PM
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I thought it was funny too how those big guys will stay in with a chain. I know a pony that won't do that!! lol

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