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post #1 of 5 Old 01-21-2009, 10:31 AM Thread Starter
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Max weight to ride?

Me my mum and sister are looking at getting a new horse, he is 16.1hh, what would be the max weight person that could ride him?
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post #2 of 5 Old 01-21-2009, 10:37 AM
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I have heard that on average, a horse can comfortably carry 30% of his body weight. So if he weighs 1000, he can carry 300. It also depends on the breed and conformation, a finer boned horse or one with a long back may not be able to carry as much weight as a better conformed horse of the same size. What breed is he; QH, TB, draft cross? With no more information than his height, I would say that he could probably carry up to 325 lbs but I could be wrong.

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I have heard the 30% thing as well, but like smrobs said it depends on the build and bone of the horse and it also depends on the rider. I horse will be able to carry a heavier rider that is light and balanced in the saddle versus a lighter rider that sits like a sack of potatos on his back bouncing all over the place.

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post #4 of 5 Old 01-21-2009, 10:59 AM
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acualy it's 20%. like say the horse is 900, its rider should be around 180. 1000=200, 1100=220 ect. this is mosty for seriuos riding like trail or a work out, not just a few time around the paddock. though in some cases if the horse is thick boned it can hold more. thin boned it holds less. a weight tape is a way to get a good idea of the horses weights.

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post #5 of 5 Old 01-22-2009, 10:54 PM
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Also depends on the saddle. It's finding a relationship between total weight and PSI.
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