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Old 05-28-2012, 12:12 AM Thread Starter
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How many hands?

I just measured my two mares today, Montana was 58 inches which would be 14.5 hands but they don't have that on the horse profiles on here?

And Spirit my mustang was 56 inches which is exactly 14 hands.
Isn't 14.3 considered a pony? Because she's definitely no pony.
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Old 05-28-2012, 12:16 AM
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A hand being 4 inches, means your 58 inch horse is 14.2 The '.' is not a true decimal, the number after the dot indicates how many inches above 14 hands (or however many hands) the horse is.
Your 56 inch horse would be 14 hands. Did you measure from the concrete under your horse to the very top of their withers?

If these measurements are accurate, both of your horses are ponies, as 14.2 and under is considered a pony.

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Old 05-28-2012, 12:17 AM
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I just measured my two mares today, Montana was 58 inches which would be 14.5 hands but they don't have that on the horse profiles on here?

And Spirit my mustang was 56 inches which is exactly 14 hands.
Isn't 14.3 considered a pony? Because she's definitely no pony.
14.5 is not a correct measurement. A hand equals four inches, so therefore 14.5 hands is 15.1 hands.

14.2 hands and under is considered a pony. Therefore, technically, your mustang is a pony.

Hope that helps! :)

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Old 05-28-2012, 12:20 AM
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I always thought 14.2 and under was considered a pony. Though it can depend on whats happens to the during their younger years and you can just get some shorter horses.

Also sorry to be picky but your mare that you say is 14.5 would actually be 15.1. There is no such thing as .5 there is 4 inches in a hand and and when you get up to .4 you are onto the next hand so instead of 14.4 it is 15. If that makes sense.

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Old 05-28-2012, 12:23 AM
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I always thought 14.2 and under was considered a pony.
Except arguably Haflingers. They can be shorter than 14.2 hands and be considered a horse. Which is really funny lol..

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Old 05-28-2012, 12:23 AM
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14.5 is not a correct measurement. A hand equals four inches, so therefore 14.5 hands is 15.1 hands.

14.2 hands and under is considered a pony. Therefore, technically, your mustang is a pony.

Hope that helps! :)
This is a little confusing. The first mare is 14.2, not 15.1 14x4=56 So a horse who is 58 inches would be 14 hands, with two inches above that height, making the horse 14.2.

When you divide the 58 inch measurement by 4, you get 14.5, but that .5 does not equal 5 inches, it equals half of 4 inches, because that is the number you divided by, make sense?
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Old 05-28-2012, 12:31 AM
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" Except arguably Haflingers. They can be shorter than 14.2 hands and be considered a horse. Which is really funny lol.. "

Yeah lol thats why I said some horses are just short.

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Old 05-28-2012, 12:48 AM
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Okay every 4 inches is 1 hand. The inches left over appear after the decimal point.

So if a horse is 68 inches... that turns perfectly into 17 hands. Nothing left over.

Now if the horse is 70 inches.. that's 17 hands with 2 inches left over. So 17.2

Does that make sense guys?

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Old 05-28-2012, 01:07 AM
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Height doesn't make a pony. Being a pony is a different body type to being a horse. The proportions are different. Many breeds are still considered horses even if they are under 14.2hh - Quarter horses are often 13hh, and are still horses. Caspians and Haflingers are horses no matter what height they are. The same goes for pony breeds that may go over the 14.2hh mark - they are still ponies, not horses.

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Old 05-28-2012, 01:14 AM
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Height doesn't make a pony. Being a pony is a different body type to being a horse. The proportions are different. Many breeds are still considered horses even if they are under 14.2hh - Quarter horses are often 13hh, and are still horses. Caspians and Haflingers are horses no matter what height they are. The same goes for pony breeds that may go over the 14.2hh mark - they are still ponies, not horses.
Learned something new.. well more like solidified a hunch

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