The pony on the left measures 12 hands high (h.h.), while the horse on the right measures 17.2 h.h. Each hand contains four inches. A horse can be 15 hands, 15.1 hands, 15.2 hands, 15.3 hands, but never 15.4 hands tall. If a horse measures 15.4 h.h. then it is actually 16 hands high.
You pronounce a 13.2 h.h. pony as “thirteen two hands”, a 14.1 h.h. pony would be “fourteen one hands”, and a 16.3 h.h. horse would be “sixteen three hands”.
Difference Between Ponies and Horses
The difference between ponies and horses is their height. Ponies are no taller than 14.2 hands high (58 inches) at the withers, while horses are taller than 14.2 hands high.
Pony Heights Explained
The shortest a horse can be is 14.3 hands high (h.h.); otherwise it is categorized as a pony.
The tallest a pony can be is 14.2 h.h.
A SMALL pony measures up to 12.2 h.h.
A MEDIUM pony measures from 12.2 h.h. to 13.2 h.h.
How to Calculate a Horses Weight With a Standard Measuring Tape
Measure the Heart Girth
Measure with a vinyl measuring tape all the way around the horse from an inch behind the top of the withers and behind the elbows.
Measure the Body Length
Measure the horse from the point of the shoulder to the point of the buttock.
Horse Weight Calculator
Please note this is an educational tool to teach kids about estimating a horse’s weight and it does not consider the physical differences between individual horses and ponies. If a more accurate weight is needed, use a livestock scale with the help of a veterinarian.
Formula to Calculate a Horse or Pony’s Weight
A horse older than one year old is: (heart girth x heart girth x body length) / 330 = estimated body weight in pounds.
For a weanling: (heart girth x heart girth x body length) / 280 = estimated body weight in pounds
For a yearling: (heart girth x heart girth x body length) / 301 = estimated body weight in pounds