What weight the horse can carry.
A horse over 5 years old and in good physical shape can carry up to 35% of it's weight with a well fitting saddle. This equates to around 300 pounds for a 1000 pound horse. That includes saddle and blanket or pad. Carrying more weight will cause damage to his back, legs, tendons and hooves. A well fitting saddle will be a high end saddle, either English or western.
And whose opinion is that?
Various saddle makers who've been in the business for 40+ years.
Are you just looking for a fight or what OP? That type of sweeping generalization just doesn't stand up to logic or even common sense.
I've heard it was only 20% but it depends on the build of the horse & everything.
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35% of 1000=350. Just saying.
See, this is why I thoroughly dislike those percentage "rules". They don't take into account the conformation of the horse or the ability of the rider. :-x
A horse who weighs 1500 but has poor conformation is much less suited to carry the same weight as a horse that weighs 1100 but has good, strong conformation.
Any horse, regardless of conformation, will have much more trouble carrying an imbalanced and stiff rider who weighs 300 pounds than they would a fluid and balanced rider that weighs 300 pounds.
Saddle makers aren't veterinarians, many of them aren't even horsemen. So, they have no place putting a set "rule" on what every horse in the world can carry.:?
"A well fitting saddle will be a high end saddle"? My saddles must not fit well then because I've never bought a saddle that was high end, all of mine are no name, definitely not high end, been around the bush a couple of times and fit like a dream. Oh and probably by this reasoning my mare would be unsound by now. For the record she's 19 years old and is still fit as a fiddle. On the flip side I know a draft who weigh about 1700 pounds and can't have more than 100 pounds on him or he gets sore.
How about we worry less about percentages, equations and opinions and more about realizing when enough is enough on our horses? All of my vets have always said that those percentage rules are like the BMI for people. They don't take into account the little discrepancies of individuals or what the individual feels comfortable doing.
Brings in popcorn and a bottle of wine and stays for the chat.
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I'm with Incitatus, I guess my $700 working quality western saddle must not fit.....in spite of the proof I see to the contrary on my horses.
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