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BigNickMontana 08-14-2013 06:57 PM

Weight limit for Jumping?
 
Even though I ride western I am posting this here, the question I have is I am 6'1" and about 260 lbs. If I am on a trail ride I can see having 50-60 lbs of saddle, another 30-40 lbs of bed roll and saddle bags, my canteen, My rifle and pistol are a few more lbs. so we are looking at possibly 360+ lbs on my horses back.

I was thinking if I had to get over a downed tree or something it would be handy to be able to jump it, but I am concerned that this is too much weight to have on a horses back when jumping.

I have seen a lot of horses in such getup's jumped in movies, but my much smaller riders than myself.

Thus my question is, is this too much weight to jump a horse with, or how would I go about telling if it is?

MyBoyPuck 08-14-2013 08:03 PM

Well if there's a tree in your way and you need to jump it, you don't really have a choice other than to dismount. I would say, if you're only talking about the odd downed tree here and there, I don't see excess weight being a big issue as long as you stay off his back over the jump.

equestriangirl55 08-15-2013 07:58 PM

If it's just 1 or 2 jumps here and there then it's fine. As long as you're not jumping to much. It also depends if your horse is strong enough. If he's skinny then it might not be the best idea.

goldline 08-17-2013 11:46 PM

I think the real question is how big is your horse haha, a heavier horse will have no problem. Idealy they should carry 20% their weight but a conditioned/or fit horse which i would assume he is since you hunt/trail can carry more with ease and therefore carrying the weight over a jump occasionally would be no problem.

BigNickMontana 08-17-2013 11:52 PM

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Originally Posted by goldline (Post 3385306)
I think the real question is how big is your horse haha, a heavier horse will have no problem. Idealy they should carry 20% their weight but a conditioned/or fit horse which i would assume he is since you hunt/trail can carry more with ease and therefore carrying the weight over a jump occasionally would be no problem.

This means Ideally I'd need 1800 lbs of horse... :shock:

That's gonna be a big horse.

goldline 08-18-2013 12:00 AM

No one ever gets ideal haha, a strong horse would do just fine. If youve ever felt the weight of some of the roping saddles that the cowboys use, with the riders that are generally the same weight as you it would probably come out to roughly the same weight as all your gear. They commonly ride smaller horses who never have a problem with the weight. Those horses never have a problem and they are very active.

BigNickMontana 08-18-2013 12:04 AM

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Originally Posted by goldline (Post 3385466)
No one ever gets ideal haha, a strong horse would do just fine. If youve ever felt the weight of some of the roping saddles that the cowboys use, with the riders that are generally the same weight as you it would probably come out to roughly the same weight as all your gear. They commonly ride smaller horses who never have a problem with the weight. Those horses never have a problem and they are very active.

There is a Mustang that BLM has out in Oregon that I am absolutely in love with. She is 15.2 hands, no idea weight wise, she sure is a pretty horse though.

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e2...psf9877ea7.png

I am just concerned id weight too much for her.

goldline 08-18-2013 12:14 AM

She has nice strong legs, along with mustangs being very good with endurance she would be a better candidate at carrying more wight for long period of times. Some people may disagree but ive had alot of experience with team penning quarter horses who have never exceeded 15h and carry heavy riders through intricate turns and exercises. Their build is very similar to the mustang mare you posted. Although she is bigger and just may have thicker legs.

goldline 08-18-2013 12:15 AM

I agree she is beautiful, i dont always like the build of mustangs but she is very well put together.

BigNickMontana 08-18-2013 12:19 AM

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Originally Posted by goldline (Post 3385586)
I agree she is beautiful, i dont always like the build of mustangs but she is very well put together.

I have been racking my brain trying to figure out a way to bring her home. I really want to very badly.


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