Based on these results, the study’s authors recommend that horses not be loaded with greater than 20% of their body weight. A 545-kilogram (1200 pound) horse, then would be best off carrying no more than 109 kg (240 lbs) of tack and rider.
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.
Weight AssessmentUnder 12hh Shetland, Dartmoor, Welsh A200kg – 320kg14hh to 15hh Arab, Dales, Welsh D360kg – 550kg15hh to 16hh Arab, TB, ID, Welsh X400kg – 550kg16hh to 17hh TB, Warmblood470kg – 650kg17hh to 19hh Warmblood. Heavy Horse Breeds550kg – 1000kg
If your horse weighs roughly around 500kg and you were to apply it then potentially around 15 1/2 stone (that amount has to include tack so maybe more like 15 stone) but it depends on how fit your horse is and how well balanced you are plus tack fit etc.
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.
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.
A “scientific study” has concluded that a horse cannot comfortably carry more than 10 percent of its own weight. … This would mean 80 percent of the people riding horses today are too fat! According to The US Cavalry Manual of Horse Management (1941) a horse should not carry more than 20 percent of its own weight.
Not if you are riding correctly. If it is a healthy horse who is old enough to be ridden, in fitting and suitable tack with a gentle rider, then no. … Yes, there is the potential to hurt a horse while riding it, just as there is also the potential for the horse to hurt its rider.
A well balanced rider of 18 stone still weighs 18 stone, which is way too heavy to even consider getting on a horse. … Just because a horse doesn’t buckle at the knees when you get on doesn’t mean it’s ok to do so.
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.
A: Laurie, the basic rule of thumb for a horse’s weight-carrying capacity is 20 percent of the horse’s weight, or, say, 200 pounds for a 1,000-pound horse. (Two hundred pounds would be an approximate upward limit, not an average of what he can carry.)