Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: North Dakota, USA
Even though this is in the plus size riders but I'm not plus sized, I'm going to pipe in. The 20 to 25% of the horses weight rule is a guideline. Saying a horse could not carry weight over 250 lbs even for a for a few minutes is sooo wrong. It may not be the best but it does happen.
I am around 175 myself. I've rode double with my wife which puts the amount over 300, especially with the saddle. That was on her 950 lb arab. Of course we only walked, no trotting, running or jumping but he did fine.
We have a friend that rode my wife's horse and she was around 350 lbs. That was during a trail ride, up and down hills. He never was lame or even sore after the ride.
Another time, we had another rider, who definitely weighs more than my wife, lose her horse on a ride. The horse she was on decided to roll in a dirt field and she let go of the horse when she got off. The horse got up and ran back home. I had her hop on my horse, a 1100 lb 15.3 hh QH mare, and we rode back home double just fine.
So, Dr Deb's statements posted by Sahara, are just her opinions to me. A horse carrying 250 or more can, does and will happen. If it is for an easy ride and depending on the horse, I see no problem with it. I wouldn't recommend it on a small horse or for jumping or running.
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