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        02-20-2010, 01:31 AM
      #11
    Foal
    Im not an expert..but from what I understand and had herd from a few horse loving friends that have been around horses and baby horses all there lives the weight limit for any horse is half there size...so if it is a horse that is 1000lbs then the weight limit total with tack,saddle,rider,etc would have to be around 500lbs....byt like I said im not an expert...maybe try and walk into a local vet office and ask them..good luck!
         
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        02-20-2010, 03:58 PM
      #12
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by penylove8    
    im not an expert..but from what I understand and had herd from a few horse loving friends that have been around horses and baby horses all there lives the weight limit for any horse is half there size...so if it is a horse that is 1000lbs then the weight limit total with tack,saddle,rider,etc would have to be around 500lbs....byt like I said im not an expert...maybe try and walk into a local vet office and ask them..good luck!

    Oh jesus, half their size? That is grossly over estimated! If you put a 450lb person and a 50lb saddle on a 1000lb horse, it would be under EXTREME strain. Especially a young horse.

    Like someone else said, 20% of their weight. For an 800lb horse, it would be about 160 lbs, and that includes tack and rider.

    Then again, it all depends on how proficient the rider is. I'd rather see 200lbs of excellent balance that can move with the horse and not slam on their back, than even 120 lbs of horrible balance that moves against the horse and wrenches around and balances on their mouth.

    Either way, both of the young horses that were posted on here still *look* very young and baby-ish. I wouldn't ride either of them until they evened out. Like one person said, while the knees close up between 2 - 3, that is the least of your worries with a young horse.

    Also, like it was mentioned that horses can practically grow two inches in a week, it puts strain on the horse. Just like a gawky kid can have growing pains, it hurts to grow that fast. I wouldn't ride a horse while they are growing so sporadically, either. Depending on the breed, between 2.5 and 3.5 they even out and their growth happens more overall, instead of teetering between butt high and whither high.
         
        02-20-2010, 04:58 PM
      #13
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by SeWHC    

    Like someone else said, 20% of their weight. For an 800lb horse, it would be about 160 lbs, and that includes tack and rider.

    Then again, it all depends on how proficient the rider is. I'd rather see 200lbs of excellent balance that can move with the horse and not slam on their back, than even 120 lbs of horrible balance that moves against the horse and wrenches around and balances on their mouth.
    Yeah this is a fear of mine since I am 228 and my horse is 1300-1400lbs I'm in the clear but I always worry but I felt a lot better when an old trainer old me the same thing about how a heavey balanced rider can be better than a feather with no balance
         
        02-20-2010, 06:35 PM
      #14
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by Dartanion    
    Yeah this is a fear of mine since I am 228 and my horse is 1300-1400lbs I'm in the clear but I always worry but I felt a lot better when an old trainer old me the same thing about how a heavey balanced rider can be better than a feather with no balance

    Aw I hate it when riders that are a little heavier worry about their weight! You are FINE for your horse! It is harder for riders that have a little more cushion to maintain the balance they need, but the more you practice the easier it gets. And, the more you practice, the less cushion you end up having.... which is fantastic in my book. :)

    I'm not really fat, but I'm 6'2, and I weigh between 175 and 185 at any given time of the year, but I have good balance so I don't worry about getting on lighter breed/smaller horses. If you look in my pictures, there is one of me showing a QH pony from last summer. He was just between pony and horse, and he's a little dude... pretty muscular though. He had no problem carrying me because I could move with him. I've ridden arabs, standardbreds, etc with no problems.
         
        02-22-2010, 10:15 PM
      #15
    Green Broke
    Don't feel bad Dartanion - I'm in the same boat! I think that's why I often get annoyed at the weight "calculations" - it's like that stupid BMI chart, it takes NOTHING into consideration as far as outside factors. And is silly anyway because a fat horse shouldn't be able to carry a heavier rider - a horse that's 200lbs overweight will have more strain then a 1000lb horse in prime condition.

    There are some 1400lb horses that have a blatantly long and weak back and would NOT be suited for heavier weights. And then you have Arabs with short strong backs who hover between 800-900lbs and are regularly ridden by 200lb+ men without issue!

    I am about 190lbs right now, and have been for quite a few years. My 900lb Arab carries me JUST fine thank you, and has been for 7 years now!

    And completely agreed - I don't care how much you weigh, it should be obvious to anyone that a 120lb rider slamming her horses back is FAR worse then 200lb+ rider with perfect balance.
         

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