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Do you measure a horse hand at the head or back?

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January 29, 2009 3:47AM

You don't measure it at either point, to be technical. Horses are traditionally measured in units called hands, which measures literally how many hands tall a horse is. One hand is equivalent to 4 in., or 10 cm. You measure at the highest point of the withers when the horse is standing square--ideally without shoes on. (By the way, the withers are the point at which the mane stops and the neck begins to slope into the back. This is my definition of it, anyway. Look up the parts of a horse to see where the withers are.) ________________________________________________________________________________________