The size of horses varies by breed, but also is influenced by nutrition. Light riding horses usually range in height from 14 to 16 hands (56 to 64 inches, 142 to 163 cm) and can weigh from 380 to 550 kilograms (840 to 1,210 lb).
An average horse weighs 900-2,000 pounds, depending on size and breed. A lean, racing fit Thoroughbred, for example, will typically weigh 900-1,100 pounds, while the average Clydesdale (think Budweiser) weighs in at 1,800-2,000 pounds.
A 9-hand pony should weigh around 200kg, whereas a 16-hand Draught horse can weigh in excess of 850kg. The purpose of a horse will obviously affect the desired weight as well. For example, a Thoroughbred horse that’s primarily used for racing should weigh about 500kg.
Approximate weights (in kilograms)Height (hands)PonySport Horse (middleweight)14.2350-400-15-450-50015.2-470-52016-560-630
The short answer is sometimes they do… and sometimes they don’t. (Sounds a lot like our moods, right?) It’s most likely that horses like or dislike riding based on whether they like or dislike the specific circumstances that occur during and surrounding the activity. Every horse is different.
Here is a horse years into human years:Horse YearsHuman Years2675.527782880.52983
Sampson was a Shire horse gelding foaled in 1846 in Toddington Mills, Bedfordshire, England. He was the tallest and heaviest horse ever recorded. Sampson, owned by Thomas Cleaver, stood 7 feet (2.13 m) high by the time he was four years old, when he was renamed Mammoth.
A horse can lose up to 5% of his body weight in a one-mile race; for an average-sized Thoroughbred, this calculates to more than 50 lbs. The majority of weight loss in a race is fluid.
25 – 30 years
Working out the weight of your horseWEIGHT GUIDETYPEHeight at withers (hands) (cm)Weight range (kg)Pony (small, saddle)10-12225-350Pony (large)13-14250-360Galloway14-15275-400
Approximate guide to horse’s body weight by heightHeightBody Weight (Kilos)Body Weight (Pounds)14 hh350-420770-92415 hh420-520924-111416 hh500-6001100-132017 hh600-7251320-1595
approximately 760 pounds
Today, the Clydesdale stands 162 to 183 cm (16.0 to 18.0 h) high and weighs 820 to 910 kg (1800 to 2000 lb). Some mature males are larger, standing taller than 183 cm and weighing up to 1000 kg (2200 lb).
1.4 – 1.8 mAdult, At the withers