How Heavy is TOO heavy for a saddle - The Horse Forum
  • 1 Post By smrobs
  • 2 Post By verona1016
  • 1 Post By BreakableRider
  • 2 Post By SorrelHorse
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 9 Old 10-11-2013, 05:45 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Windsor Ontario Canada
Posts: 33
• Horses: 1
How Heavy is TOO heavy for a saddle

I am riding a big horn saddle right now, its older its an old working saddle, and its heavy i have to say at least or close to 30 lbs. Is that too heavy for a horse?
kfreker is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 9 Old 10-11-2013, 06:09 PM
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Higgins, TX. YeeHaw!!
Posts: 22,258
• Horses: 24
Not even close. My own personal saddle weighs almost 45 and I've known of some folks with antique western saddles that weighed 50+. The only important thing is that the saddle fits the horse and doesn't cause any pressure points. If it fits, then the weight of the saddle means very little.
COWCHICK77 likes this.

Always remember that feeling of looking at a big, open country over the ears of a good horse, seeing a new trail unwind ahead of you, and that ever-spectacular view from the top of the ridge!!! Follow my training blog:
smrobs is offline  
post #3 of 9 Old 10-11-2013, 06:11 PM
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 5,332
• Horses: 1
You have to consider the total weight that the horse is carrying. So you have to consider the saddle, the rider, all of the tack and if you're carrying anything.

30 pounds is not uncommon for a western saddle. My English saddle weighs all of 5.5 lbs - much easier on me to tack up with.
Posted via Mobile Device
DancingArabian is offline  
post #4 of 9 Old 10-11-2013, 06:14 PM
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 5,286
• Horses: 1
Too heavy for the horse? No way. Too heavy for you to lift onto a horse's back? That's another story

I ride English, but the couple of times I've borrowed a Western saddle for my horse it's been embarrassing how much it must look like I'm struggling to get it up there- and my horse is only 15hh
churumbeque and mrsgrubby like this.
verona1016 is offline  
post #5 of 9 Old 10-11-2013, 06:37 PM
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Houston, Texas
Posts: 749
• Horses: 0
That's pretty light for a western saddle. My barrel saddle is 27lbs. A buddy of mine has an old work saddle that weights in at 61lbs. That thing is solid and i'm glad i'm not the one swinging that heavy bugger on horses all day.

Like other posters have said, as long as it fits the horse, and you + the saddle isn't exceeding what the horse should carry it's all good.
smrobs likes this.
BreakableRider is offline  
post #6 of 9 Old 10-12-2013, 01:04 AM
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Western Massachusetts
Posts: 330
• Horses: 1
Not heavy at all. I have a lovely hand tooled working saddle given to me by one of the Barnum Bailey Circus trick riders. It weighs more than 50+ pounds! My horse doesn't notice the difference between that saddle and my 10-15 lb wintec TBH.
mrstorres2566 is offline  
post #7 of 9 Old 10-12-2013, 02:34 AM
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Ashland, OR
Posts: 8,433
• Horses: 1
Oh jeeze, not even close! lol!

Verona, your reply cracked me up. I ride cowhorses all day and those saddles are considered "heavy", especially in comparison to my barrel saddles, but I am most awkward putting my old dressage saddle on my mare. I don't know why, it just feels weird not to have to swing a stirrup over... I normally use the weight of the offside stirrup to "carry" the saddle over. Even though english saddles weigh next to nothing...Not being able to do that defeats the purpose of my muscle memory.
smrobs and verona1016 like this.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
SorrelHorse is online now  
post #8 of 9 Old 10-12-2013, 06:33 AM
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Canada
Posts: 53
• Horses: 0
I love heavy saddles, the heavier the better! Mine weighs about 45lbs.

30 lbs is nothing! ;)

"If you're not making mistakes, you're not taking chances , and that means you're not going anywhere. The key is to make mistakes faster than the competition, so you have more chances to learn and win. -John W. Holt, Jr."
StandingOvation is offline  
post #9 of 9 Old 10-13-2013, 05:13 PM
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Oregon
Posts: 427
• Horses: 0
the saddle I built for myself is almost 60 pounds. The weight is going to come from 3 main factors:

1. The tree, is it quality wood and covered in rawhide

2. The leather used, I used 13/15 oz to build mine

3. The ground seat, was a tin strainer used or an all leather ground seat like mine.
sorral3 is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Stubben saddle? [Pic heavy] LikeaTB Horse Tack and Equipment 3 12-13-2012 09:56 PM
Western Saddle Critique! Help? Can't find a saddle for her!*pic heavy* Shananigan Horse Tack and Equipment 26 03-04-2012 12:23 AM
Best saddle pad for a heavy rider? caleybooth Horse Tack and Equipment 6 11-30-2011 06:49 PM
Blaze under saddle! (img heavy) missy06 Horse Pictures 14 11-05-2008 03:02 PM
How heavy is too heavy for a 42" Shetland? Bucky's Buddy Horse Talk 8 04-13-2008 06:07 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome