Western saddle weighs in at 35 lbs, I weigh in at 168 lbs.
Total weight: 203 lbs
Mare is 14.3 hh and a solid sort of Arab - not the really dainty type. I would be using the saddle for hacking out in (trail riding), at walk only for now as I'm still getting over a nasty fall. Would quite enjoy the security of my western saddle but don't want to put too much weight on her.
I know she has carried 203 lbs of rider plus an English saddle in the past and was fine. Light riding only; 30 minutes hacking, at walk and occasional trot.
Should I try her with my western? I did ride her in it twice when I first got her and she seemed happy. I was told that an Arab couldn't be expected to carry a western saddle by my YO, who kept complaining about it so I switched to English. But as I say, I have lost a lot of weight since then and horse has put on a lot of condition. I've also learnt more about Arabs and believe them to be less fragile than YO insists they are...