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Shiv 07-03-2011 03:31 PM

Looking for a certain horse breed
 
Okay....here's the deal

i've been searching for years, and i hope i will be able to get the answer here

ever since i was little i was absolutely mad about very tall horses

i've been looking and doing research on the internet and in books but...i cant seem to ever find the same information (every site and every book gives different hights)

What race has most chances of getting quite tall? like...1m80 (5ft9) or taller? And im looking for a breed of a horse to ride or a carriage horse

SkyeAngel 07-04-2011 09:36 AM

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Originally Posted by Shiv (Post 1084742)
Okay....here's the deal

i've been searching for years, and i hope i will be able to get the answer here

ever since i was little i was absolutely mad about very tall horses

i've been looking and doing research on the internet and in books but...i cant seem to ever find the same information (every site and every book gives different hights)

What race has most chances of getting quite tall? like...1m80 (5ft9) or taller? And im looking for a breed of a horse to ride or a carriage horse

Hi,

It is nice to hear you have a passion for big horses. Are you looking to buy a horse?

You should know that horses aren't measured in feet and inches, or metres, like people are. They are measured in hands. 1 Hand is equivalent to 4 inches. My horses, for example are 15.3 hands, and 14.2 hands.
Forgive me, I do not mean to sound rude, but referring to horse height in metres makes you sound like you may not be an experienced horse person. If you are looking to buy a horse, a bit more research may be needed!

Horses are measured at the withers. I assume you meant 5"9 at the withers and not at the head?

Draft horses are often the tallest varieties. Percherons are usually between 16 and 18 hands. Shires and clydesdales are also very large breeds. They are heavy as well as tall. They are also usually around 17 hands, give or take. Belgian horses are also very large.

These are the breeds I would be looking at to find a very tall horse. There are of course other, I'm sure some other posters will elaborate.

Shiv 07-04-2011 03:32 PM

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Originally Posted by SkyeAngel (Post 1085464)
Hi,

It is nice to hear you have a passion for big horses. Are you looking to buy a horse?

You should know that horses aren't measured in feet and inches, or metres, like people are. They are measured in hands. 1 Hand is equivalent to 4 inches. My horses, for example are 15.3 hands, and 14.2 hands.
Forgive me, I do not mean to sound rude, but referring to horse height in metres makes you sound like you may not be an experienced horse person. If you are looking to buy a horse, a bit more research may be needed!

Horses are measured at the withers. I assume you meant 5"9 at the withers and not at the head?

Draft horses are often the tallest varieties. Percherons are usually between 16 and 18 hands. Shires and clydesdales are also very large breeds. They are heavy as well as tall. They are also usually around 17 hands, give or take. Belgian horses are also very large.

These are the breeds I would be looking at to find a very tall horse. There are of course other, I'm sure some other posters will elaborate.

I did indeed mean from the withers, I didnt think i had to say that since its obvious you measure horses at the withers. Also I'm from Belgium, and there we actually do refer horses their heights in metres. I know Shires and Clydesdales are some the tallest, however perhaps a bit too heavy lol

ridergirl23 07-04-2011 03:40 PM

the lightest, tallest horse breed i can think of, or that i have seen, are warmbloods, theres a lot of 17, and 18 hand warmbloods at the barn i'm at or in the area.

Shiv 07-04-2011 03:43 PM

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Originally Posted by ridergirl23 (Post 1085764)
the lightest, tallest horse breed i can think of, or that i have seen, are warmbloods, theres a lot of 17, and 18 hand warmbloods at the barn i'm at or in the area.

aaah sounds amazing :D

ridergirl23 07-04-2011 03:46 PM

haha yeah, i love big horses to, they are very fun. are you looking at buying a horse?

Shiv 07-04-2011 03:55 PM

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Originally Posted by ridergirl23 (Post 1085770)
haha yeah, i love big horses to, they are very fun. are you looking at buying a horse?

in the future :) but I figured I started doing research quite soon so I rly know what I'm up to when I actually buy one

ridergirl23 07-04-2011 03:59 PM

Thats a good idea! I would also recommend taking lessons at a local stable on the barns horses with a good instructor if you aren't already.

Shiv 07-04-2011 04:02 PM

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Originally Posted by ridergirl23 (Post 1085783)
Thats a good idea! I would also recommend taking lessons at a local stable on the barns horses with a good instructor if you aren't already.

oh! thats a good idea!

SkyeAngel 07-05-2011 04:10 AM

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Originally Posted by Shiv (Post 1085758)
I did indeed mean from the withers, I didnt think i had to say that since its obvious you measure horses at the withers. Also I'm from Belgium, and there we actually do refer horses their heights in metres. I know Shires and Clydesdales are some the tallest, however perhaps a bit too heavy lol


That is fair enough. I did later wonder if it was a region thing. I was not aware where you were from. I have travelled quite a bit and never been anywhere where horses aren't measured in hands. I find it interesting that you go by metres in Belgium. Sorry for the misunderstanding. you learn something new everyday.

I also apologise if I sounded a bit rude/patronising. You may think it is obvious that everyone knows horses are measured from the withers. While it is obvious to me, I had no knowledge of your background, and believe me, I have met some people with some REALLY strange ideas about horses. I wanted to approach carefully, that is all. There is a popular thread in the horse talk section called "dumbest horse for sale ads" which is simple proof that even the most obvious things to most people can confuse the select few!

I second the suggestion of getting some lessons before you buy, even if you have ridden before. I think you would find it really enjoyable, and it will also put you in a much better position when you do buy. That's the thing with horses...there's always something to learn, no matter how long you spend around them.

I hope my previous suggestions of Shires, Clydesdales, Percherons and Belgians will still prove helpful in your future reseach. Warmbloods are also a very good suggestion, as it is true that the breeds I posted were very heavy!

I used to know, and occasionally ride an 18h ( about 1 metre 80?) Shire called Harry, he was an amazing boy!

Good luck in your search!


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