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  1. #1
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    Default Hands to meters, help!

    I'm a total math dummy so someone please help me figure this out. I'm going to Europe soon to look at horses so I need someone to give me a formula that I can do quickly on my calculator.

    I can easily think in meters for fence heights, and I can think in kilometers and Celsius but have a hard time thinking of horses in any measurement system but hands.

    Thanks!
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    10.2 cm = 1 hand (4")
    1"=2.5 cm
    16hand = 64"=162.6 cm

    Values rounded
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    Rough estimate - take the height in cm, move the decimal one place to the left and that's the approximate value in hands.

    Here's a table: http://www.equine-world.co.uk/about_...p#.UJMJokbCdEw

    Disclaimer - they jumped all over me in the breeding forum once saying that my rough estimate wasn't good enough.
    Last edited by Peggy; Nov. 1, 2012 at 07:48 PM. Reason: added disclaimer
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    15 hands = 152.4cm
    16 hands = 162.6cm
    17 hands = 172.7cm
    18 hands = 182.9cm



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    armed with the info from the above posts, I would put a little piece of paper in my wallet with the following calculations: (or whatever sizes fit your desired range)
    16 hands = x centimeters
    16. 2 hands = y centimeters
    17 hands = z centimeters.

    Then when someone tells you the horse is 168 centimeters or whatever, you can look at your little cheat sheet and pretty much know what they are. And then you won't need to have the calculator handy!
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    Thanks, all these suggestions help!
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    It's easy....work off the .2s in all height groups:

    12.2 = 128cm
    13.2=138cm
    14.2=148cm
    15.2=158cm
    16.2=168cm
    17.2=178cm
    It's easy to remember replace the .2 with 8 and you have the figure in cms but to be honest alot of places will talk in hands or cms!!


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