Horse Height Chart

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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.

Watch a video demonstrating how to measure a horse’s height >>

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!

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Horse Sizes

 

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
writer and professional photographer who has spent many wonderful
minutes cleaning stalls while listening to a very old barn radio. He’s
the author of several books, including How to Raise Horses: Everything
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
Mountain Ponies. Follow him at www.facebook.com/foxhillphoto.

 

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Daniel Johnson is a freelance writer and professional photographer, and watcher of horse movies. His favorite is probably Misty (1961). He’s the author of several books, including How to Raise Horses: Everything 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 Mountain Ponies.

20 COMMENTS

  1. And here i enplane the height of my horses as counter height, bar height, rideable and too tall to see over…. and oh he is horse height when he stands up straight but when he slouches he is a pony.

  2. The last hair of the mane is where the withers are are you that dense about horse anatomy. You measure at the highest point of the withers.I hate it when on internet some people especially the English think a hand is 5 or 6 inches.example 14.5.

  3. Hey mary, us english measure a hand at 4″. No idea where u got the idea that we measure a hand at any other length. Obviously speaking to none horsey people or those new to the equine experience!

  4. I think that when I hear a measurement such as, 14.5, they really mean 14.2, since ,5 usually means 1/2. So half of 4 is 2, therefore 14.5 would mean 14-2hhs.

  5. Umm, no Quarter Horses on this chart??? That’s cool. I see how it is. Discriminate against one of the most popular horse breeds in the world.

  6. The article might also have mentioned that “ponies” are 14.2 or under. @ Kathy: It’s nice to see a fellow Delawarean here — especially one who’s practically a neighbor.

  7. Kylie – paint is a breed. Pinto is the color. If a horse has either Quarter horse or Thoroughbred blood with pinto markings it is a paint. If an Arabian had pinto spots, it would not be a paint since it is not QH or Thoroughbred.

  8. True baroque Friesian horses are 15hh. The preferred height of the Roman legions. New Friesians are becoming 16-17hh with longer legs and backs. Sporty.

  9. Our varnished red leopard Appaloosa, “General Grant” is 15.2 hh and our OTTB slaughter rescue, “Leah Grace” is 17.2 hh

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