I don't know about Canada but here in the States 1/3 of 1200 is 400. Minus 60 pounds for tack (that would be alot of tack) and your looking at 340#.I was always taught/told, that a horse can handle 1/3 of their weight comfortably.
So a 1200lb horse in theory could handle around 270 lbs.
But again, I do agree that it should be based on condition/soundness of horse, plus the ability of the rider to "assist" the horse with proper balance etc
Yes, I would tend to lean this way as well. Like I said I was always told 1/3, but again, never really based much value on it.i've been told that 1/4 is comfortable and if you're approaching 1/3 its too heavy
I tend to judge by conformation and what not, but still not more than 1/4 of their weight for long rides, and not more than 1/3 for short rides.
very true, even a light rider can do a lot damage if they can't use their own muscles in the saddle instead of relying on the horseYes, I would tend to lean this way as well. Like I said I was always told 1/3, but again, never really based much value on it.
Imo it weighs (sorry for the pun) heavily on what type of rider you have, length of ride, type of ride/terrain, and the ability of the rider.