How much weight can he carry?
Hey, I am trying to figure out just how much weight my horse can carry. He is 14.3hh, around 900lbs and 15 years old. I am wanting to know how heavy a guest rider he can handle lol
He looks solid enough to carry 200lbs & maybe over that as well.
Does the guest rider know how to ride?
Most of them don't. lol Some do, but usually it's their first time riding.
250 lbs max, any more than that and you could be pushing it, especially if their doing anything more than a walk, plus this horse looks to have low set, thin pasterns.
I would not do more than 180 lbs. for this guy for people who don't know how to ride. 200 lbs. for someone who does know how to ride, he is pretty stocky.
Ok, Thank you! :)
Also - does the saddle fit? If you are asking larger folks to squeeze into a smaller saddle, it's not comfortable for the guest or your horse.
If they don't know how to ride they just ride around in the round pen or arena at a walk. They don't typically want to go faster than that lol And I won't let anyone who doesn't know how to ride trot anyway.
I have saddles I can use for larger riders than myself.
Mind you, those aren't the best pictures to see his conformation, but in those pictures his fronts look a bit wonky and his front pasterns look weak. With that in mind and given his weight and the fact he is not particularly big boned, I wouldn't put more than 180 pounds on him including tack. Pictures can be deceiving, though - perhaps his fronts aren't as bad as they appear here...
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