How Much Weight Can A Horse Carry? [Mule, Pony too]

How much weight can a horse carry?

The result of a scientific research shows that horses should not be loaded with greater than 20% of their body weight. A 545-kilogram *1200 pound) horse, then would be best off carrying no more than 240lbs (109kg) of water and tack.

Generally, healthy horses can carry with ease both a rider and saddle, but they too have their limit. Now, researchers have identified a threshold for when a rider is too heavy to comfortably carry loads.

As expected, the findings were taken of 8 horses that were ridden while packing anywhere from 15% to 30% of their body weight. The horses ranged in size from 400 to 625 kilograms (885 to 1375).

The horses showed little signs of stress when carrying 15 and 20% of their body weight. The physical signs relatively changed when they carried 25% and was at its highest when they carried more than 25%.

The horses breathed faster and had higher heart rates when carrying tack and rider resulting to 25% or more of their body weight. A day after cantering and trotting with the heftier weights, and the horses’ muscles showed a significant greater tightness and soreness. The horses whose soreness was minimal from the exercise were ones with wider loins (the part of a horse’s back located between their last rib and coup).

The conclusion of these results is that that horses should not be loaded with greater than 20% of their body weight. A 545-kilogram (1200 pound) horse, then would be best off carrying no more than 240 lbs (190 kg) of rider and tack.

How Much Weight Can A Horse Carry

How Much Weight Can A Horse Carry

The research conducted by the Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute and the US Calvary Manuals of Horse Management published in 1920 found out that an average adult light riding horse can comfortably carry about 20 percent of their ideal bodyweight.

This result agrees with the value recommended by the Certified Horsemanship Association.

ALSO SEE: History of the Budyonny Horse

Other FAQ

  • How much weight can a pony carry?

About 20% of their body weight.

  • How much weight can a mule carry?

A mule can carry up to 20% of their body weight.

 

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