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    02-09-2011, 06:41 PM
Green Broke
How do you measure how many hands?

Sooo from my understanding you measure at the highest point of the wither with a ruler or something flat going across the wither to the tape to find the height of your horse. I have measured her this way and I have had others measure and she comes to 14.2 each time but I know that other ppl measure at the highest point of the wither and wrap it over the wither some. So which way is correct?

I know that when you measure yourself you measure straight across like when the doctor gets your height...if you measure by wrapping it adds height.
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    02-09-2011, 07:33 PM
Green Broke
Do it as straight as you can, you will get the best number.

Highest point of th wither but don't lean on the tape or lay it flat on the horses skin. Because you will get something higher then what they actually are.
    02-09-2011, 07:41 PM
Green Broke
Okay that's what I thought.It says the directions on the tape on how to do it and it's the way you explained it basically. I just wanted to see how they measured.
    02-09-2011, 09:00 PM
I always thought that using the tape just gave you an approximate height, and that you had to use a proper measuring stick to get true height. They sell them at many tack stores, I think. Some are shaped like a cane but they have an extendable measuring stick inside.
    02-10-2011, 01:24 AM
Green Broke
Hmmm I have only seen one of those in a show book but I know what you are talking about. I think the tape is for the most part very accurate if you do it correctly.
    02-10-2011, 04:31 PM
Green Broke
I saw one of those too but I think if you do it right then tape would work just as well

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