There are hundreds of breeds of horses in the world and so many different sizes. There are horses small enough to fit on your couch and horses so tall you would need a ladder in order to touch their ears. But if you’re new to horses, learning all the different breed heights can be a real challenge. What makes Miniature Horses miniature, compared to a pony? How big is a draft horse, compared to a Thoroughbred? And what is a ‘hand,’ anyway? Luckily, we’re here to help.
Explore the infographic below and take a fun look at the different average heights of some common breeds and how they compare to each other–there’s a wide range of sizes in the equine world!
Note: The two Miniature Horse registries, the American Miniature Horse Association (AMHA) and the American Miniature Horse Registry (AMHR), have different criteria for measuring Miniature Horses. The AMHA will not register a horse over 34” tall, while the AMHR has two separate categories of sizes; horses under 34”, and horses between 34” and 38”. All registered Miniature Horses will be under 38” tall.
Daniel Johnson is a freelance
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You Need to Know, (Voyageur Press, 2014). Dan’s barn is home to Summer, a
Welsh/TB cross, Orion, a Welsh Cob, and Mati and Amos, two Welsh
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