.3hh = 3" or less than 1/2 hand?
 
 

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        06-15-2008, 10:19 PM
      #1
    Trained
    .3hh = 3" or less than 1/2 hand?

    OK, if 1 hand equals 4" then my OTStd who is supposedly 17.3hh is either 5' 11" or 5' 9" depending on the value of the .3 part. Funny though, I don't get that when I measure him by inches.

    So, first question is .3 equal to 3 inches or 3/10 of a hand? I say 3/10 of a hand, but someone else told me 3 inches.

    Second question -- why is it when I measure both my horses with a hand measuring tape/ruler I get more than I do with an inch tape?
         
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        06-16-2008, 10:45 AM
      #2
    Showing
    The .3 would be 3 inches.
    If a horse is 17.3 calculate - 17 x 4 that's 68 inches or 5' 6" plus 3" so 5' 9" or 71"
    I'm not sure why the value is different on your horse tape versus your regular tape measure. I got my horse tape out and compared it to my regular tape and the value is the same. 1 hand is 4 inches.
    If your tape measure reads 71" do it in reverse. 71 divided by 4 is 17.75... .75 X 4 = 3 so 17.3hh

    You may be mistakenly calculating the .3 as 3/10 of an inch. Which its not. Does that make sense ? Its just the way hands are written. Its 17.3hh not a regular 17.3 where the value of 3 is 3/10 of an inch. Geesh now I'm confussing myself I better stop.
         
        06-16-2008, 01:33 PM
      #3
    Trained
    Well, that's actually understandable. The .3 is supposed to be 3". OK, well then how the heck is my horse 17.3hh? Hmm... doesn't make sense. I'm 5'9"; add 1.5" for my riding heels that would make me 17.3 almost. But my horse's withers are lower than the top of my head. I guess he was measured wrong. I think I'm going to go buy my own tape and try again for both horses.
         
        06-17-2008, 07:37 AM
      #4
    Showing
    I want one of those solid measuring sticks with the lever thingy that comes down to the withers. I just haven't been able to justify the $20-30 yet
         
        06-17-2008, 07:45 AM
      #5
    Yearling
    Make one ;)
         
        06-17-2008, 11:01 AM
      #6
    Started
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by northernmama
    Well, that's actually understandable. The .3 is supposed to be 3". OK, well then how the heck is my horse 17.3hh? Hmm... doesn't make sense. I'm 5'9"; add 1.5" for my riding heels that would make me 17.3 almost. But my horse's withers are lower than the top of my head. I guess he was measured wrong. I think I'm going to go buy my own tape and try again for both horses.
    Yes, I was going to mention in your other thread that she looks closer to 17 hands than 18. I think he probably mismeasured. If your horse isn't set up on level ground, you can get some wildly different results. Also, I think its a little harder with a tape, the stick works much better. I do think she's a nice match for your height :)
         
        06-17-2008, 03:34 PM
      #7
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Sara
    Yes, I was going to mention in your other thread that she looks closer to 17 hands than 18. I think he probably mismeasured. If your horse isn't set up on level ground, you can get some wildly different results. Also, I think its a little harder with a tape, the stick works much better. I do think she's a nice match for your height :)
    I'm glad I'm not loosing my mind over this measurement thing!

    And thanks;I do find she is a much nicer height to work with than the little girl I have, but, man, I have to teach her to keep her head down to my level!
         
        06-17-2008, 04:28 PM
      #8
    Trained
    I understand how you could get confused.

    I always write 17 3hh, with out the decimal.

    The decimal seems like you are saying the hosre is 17 and .3 of a hand. Not 17 hands and 3"

    Just my opinion though!
         

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