as much as they should. i work at a riding stable and so a lot of customers that want to ride MOST of them, are quite large. our weight limit is 240 and youd be surprised how many 240+ people want to ride. (the obesity in this country has gotten to be rediculous) the weight limit is very very strict - no exceptions. and we have the right horses for heavier people. but it seems like when i go to shows or just seeing people that come out to ride with their own horses on the trails - 70% of them are too big for their horses. theres quite a few older women that have finely built walking horses but the women are 200 lbs and up and they ride for a good 2-3 hours. and girls that are barrel racing but are too heavy for their lighter built QH's. and i also understand that if you only ride like an hour a day - some extra weight is not going to hurt your horse but if youre going to be running and going up and down hills and jumping and doing tight turns and just any sort of physically demanding activity on your horse- am i wrong to think that you should have an appropriately sized horse?