I have googled and found a fomulas suggesting different things. But everything it suggest is different than things I've seen- not saying right or wrong.
My dilemna is.. I have a 12 year old paint gelding 14.3 hands around 900 lbs. Pretty fit, could use some muscle.
I now own a 2nd horse who is 20 years old, 14.2 hands and about the same weight, kinda chubby, needs to get more fit.
I want to ride with other people, but not everyone is at vertically challenged as me, lol. My dad is 6'1 and probably 185 lbs. My fiance is a big guy, about 240 lbs. My brother is 180 lbs. Granted they all lives in another state, but when they come up, are they too heavy to ride? I let my fiance sit on my 14.3 gelding bc he insisted he'd be fine. LOL!!!! Cooper's eyes widened and he stood stock still, with his legs out like he was parking. I told him, get off!! It was funny but are these "general" rules true? I see BIG men and woman on smaller horses, even on a 16h horse a 240 man is still considered "too heavy".
I got a lot of my info from:
How Much Weight Can a Horse Carry?
What do you all think? I'm like to hear from the heavy riders too. How can you tell its too much for the horse?