Originally Posted by Shropshirerosie
In the the UK and Ireland pretty much everyone refers to hands and inches ie. 14.2 etc
Though I have noticed that occasionally a pony is measured in centimetres but never a mix of hands and centimetres.
Well, that's how it was explained to me, at least. Countries that operate more under the metric system than the imperial [aka, cm/metres/km rather than inches/feet/yards/miles] treat the period as a decimal point.
Australia is entirely metric but we use hands and inches, so of course this isn't a hard and fast rule. It's just that saying something is wrong when it doesn't match your own experience is a bit... judgmental.