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post #1 of 10 Old 06-16-2016, 04:05 PM Thread Starter
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Red face Can someone explain what hh means?

I am seeing a lot of 12hh 13hh 14hh what does this all mean? and how do I find out which one my pony falls under?

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post #2 of 10 Old 06-16-2016, 04:11 PM
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hh stands for 'Hands high'.
A hand is a unique (albeit slightly old fashioned) measurement for horses. One hand is equal to 4inches (10cm). So a horse that is 12hh is 120cm, or 48 inches at the shoulder. A horse that is 12.2hh is 12 and a half hands - so 125cm or 50 inches at the shoulder.

To measure your horse, you measure from the point of withers (their shoulder just at the base of the neck) straight down to the floor. In the UK, a pony is anything less than 14.2hh, a horse is 14.2 hh and above, though this varies depending on location.
The only way to accurately measure your horse is to do it with a measuring stick or tape (preferably with a stick that has Hands marked out on it), though if you post a picture we may be able to give you a rough idea of his height. It won't be very accurate though!

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Hands high. It is how tall a horse or pony is at the withers. Each hand is 4". So a horse that is 14hh is 56" at the withers. 14.1 means 14 hands and 1". 14.2 means 14 hands and 2 inches. So it goes 14.1, 14.2, 14.3, then 15hh.
You measure by standing the horse square on a flat even surface and measuring from the ground straight up to the withers. Using a measuring stick is easiest, but you can do it with a tape measure in a pinch.
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Thank you for your response. Will my profile picture work? Ultimately I'd like to figure out of I am too big to ride him. I am 5 feet and 120 pounds.
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hh stands for 'Hands high'.
A hand is a unique (albeit slightly old fashioned) measurement for horses. One hand is equal to 4inches (10cm). So a horse that is 12hh is 120cm, or 48 inches at the shoulder. A horse that is 12.2hh is 12 and a half hands - so 125cm or 50 inches at the shoulder.

To measure your horse, you measure from the point of withers (their shoulder just at the base of the neck) straight down to the floor. In the UK, a pony is anything less than 14.2hh, a horse is 14.2 hh and above, though this varies depending on location.
The only way to accurately measure your horse is to do it with a measuring stick or tape (preferably with a stick that has Hands marked out on it), though if you post a picture we may be able to give you a rough idea of his height. It won't be very accurate though!
Thank you for your response. Will my profile picture work? Ultimately I'd like to figure out of I am too big to ride him. I am 5 feet and 120 pounds.
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Hands high. It is how tall a horse or pony is at the withers. Each hand is 4". So a horse that is 14hh is 56" at the withers. 14.1 means 14 hands and 1". 14.2 means 14 hands and 2 inches. So it goes 14.1, 14.2, 14.3, then 15hh.
You measure by standing the horse square on a flat even surface and measuring from the ground straight up to the withers. Using a measuring stick is easiest, but you can do it with a tape measure in a pinch.
Thank you for the info and attaching the photo, this if extremely helpful.
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Can you post the picture larger here? It's often hard to judge height without some kind of reference (like a person standing in the photo). From what I can see in the picture he looks pretty small. The best person to tell you if you're too big will be an experienced horse person that can see him in real life, we can only give a rough idea.
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If you seriously want to know if the pony can carry you, get a measuring tape and measure him as shown above. You also need to know how much he weighs since the generally accepted limit for the rider plus gear is 20%. If the pony is not greater than 600 pounds, you are most likely too heavy for him----and that's without accounting for the saddle, pad and your clothing.
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Post a picture of you with him. That is the best, or even on him.

I am your size and have ridden plenty of stocky ponies, but then again there's riding then there's riding. I would not ride a small slender pony regularly. My Icelandic is 12.3hh, yes that is tiny and people are shocked when I say I ride her. But she weighs at least 750lbs and is built like a tank to carry weight. Your average 12.3 pony would be far too small.
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Can you post the picture larger here? It's often hard to judge height without some kind of reference (like a person standing in the photo). From what I can see in the picture he looks pretty small. The best person to tell you if you're too big will be an experienced horse person that can see him in real life, we can only give a rough idea.
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If you seriously want to know if the pony can carry you, get a measuring tape and measure him as shown above. You also need to know how much he weighs since the generally accepted limit for the rider plus gear is 20%. If the pony is not greater than 600 pounds, you are most likely too heavy for him----and that's without accounting for the saddle, pad and your clothing.
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Post a picture of you with him. That is the best, or even on him.

I am your size and have ridden plenty of stocky ponies, but then again there's riding then there's riding. I would not ride a small slender pony regularly. My Icelandic is 12.3hh, yes that is tiny and people are shocked when I say I ride her. But she weighs at least 750lbs and is built like a tank to carry weight. Your average 12.3 pony would be far too small.
So with all of your help, I have found that my pony is much too small for me to ride. He is about 10hh but that is okay I still love him Thank you to everyone for all of your help. I love this forum so far, a lot of knowledgeable people.

Once I become more familiar about horses and gain the experience from my mini and pony, I may look into getting the perfect horse for me to ride.
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