Accepted wisdom in the horse world tells us that an average light horse weighs about 1,000 pounds, or 450 kg. A draft horse, upwards of double that.
Approximate weights (in kilograms)Height (hands)PonySport Horse (middleweight)14.2350-400-15-450-50015.2-470-52016-560-630
How Heavy is Too Heavy? One of the most frequently cited recommendations on matching horses and riders comes from the U.S. Cavalry Manual of Horse Management. It recommends that the rider and gear weigh no more than 20 percent of the horse’s weight.
Water Intake: Horse versus Cattle
A bull weighs, on average, 2,400 pounds, whereas a cow weighs around 1,600 pounds.
A completely matured horse comes in anywhere between 900 and 2,200 pounds. Draft horses easily tip the scale over 2,000 pounds. It’s no joke, some literally weigh a ton! Light saddle horses are generally between 900 and 1,300 pounds.
A standard adult horse, on average, measures 14-17 hands at the withers, but some can exceed 18 hands while others can be as small as 8-9 hands depending on the breed.
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
If your quarter horse is in the 14 hands high range (14, 14-1, 14-2, and 14-3) you can generally expect your horse to weigh in the 1000-1100 pound range. If your horse is taller than that in the 15 hands range or 16 hands range you can expect your horse to weigh over 1200 pounds.
25 – 30 years
Every horse is different and capable of carrying a different amount of weight than other horses. As a general rule, anything over 300-350 pounds is too heavy for a horse to carry safely.
The Clydesdale horse typically weighs at least 1,800 lbs and is typically at least 16 hands tall or taller. Even at the low end, any adult Clydesdale should easily be able to handle a rider and saddle combo of 360 – 400 lbs.