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post #1 of 4 Old 11-01-2011, 03:25 AM Thread Starter
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I want to know that how much weight a horse can pull easily on a horse cart(a light cart).For racehorses and draft horses.Thanks a lot for your answer!!

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post #2 of 4 Old 11-01-2011, 01:56 PM
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hi, there has been a thread on this before,and there are so many variables, i dont think the one answer would apply to all thoroughbreds,or all draughts.depends on the condition of the horse ,thetype of ground you would be going on ,hilly ,flat etc
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post #3 of 4 Old 11-01-2011, 02:59 PM
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Generally, the ratio is "weight a horse can comfortably carry" x 4. That is supposed to be the maximum weight you want your horse to pull.
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post #4 of 4 Old 11-01-2011, 07:10 PM
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Our shetland pony, Cowboy, is 370 pounds give or take a bit (he's quite the chunk though.) and he can comfortably carry two adults in a lightweight (45 lb) cart. We never make him pull more than 290-300 pounds, and his average is usually about 250. This goes along with what Corporal said, what they can ideally carry (20% body weight) times four.

Being a shetland, I'm sure he could carry more for short distances, but it's really not a good idea.




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