Is there a weight limit to ride a horse?

November 23rd, 2009

Can you just ride a bigger horse if you are heavier?

What is the most you can weigh and ride or learn to ride a horse?
Flash – how much is a stone? ;)

A few people I talk to mention the 20% rule. So if you weigh 200lbs, you should be riding a horse that weighs 1000lbs. If you weigh 150, the horse should weigh at least 750. If you weigh 250, the horse should weigh 1250. Do you understand what I’m trying to say? The rider should weigh no more than 20% of the horse’s weight.

8 Responses

  1. Kyndell XXX ♥ ™ Says:

    Horses are very strong. Draft horses suit bigger people.
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  2. FLASHINC2K7 Says:

    the bigger you are the bigger the horse should be, but i’d say the limit would be 16stone – i mean seriously even if you were a big horse you wouldnt want that on your back would you?
    jockeys are small professionally but as a wider sport, you dont have to be 6stone to ride a horse, im 10stone and used to ride and the horse i rode was about 14hh. you might find more if you check wikipedia, ring a local riding centre and check their limit, or check for the British Horse Society site on a search engine and that may tell you.
    hope this helps. i love horses, but i cant afford lessons and now im expecting so i cant ride anyway! so if you do it, enjoy it for the people who cant lol.
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  3. Barbie Says:

    i really don’t think so. They are pretty strong. But im not totally sure
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  4. maker b Says:

    Depends on the horse. But yes like everything, there is a limit.

    I can carry my 90pound wife on back, but if she was 140 then probable not much if at all.
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  5. NatalieAnn80 Says:

    Yes, if you are a heavier person a larger horse will be able to carry you easier. But you might be surprised at how much weight horses can mamage if they’re well exercised. I worked with a bay quarter horse pony (she was only about 13 hands high) and she carried a staff member who weighed about 250 pounds easily. Now, we naturally wouldn’t let her carry him all day long. It would be like you carrying a heavy hiking backpack all day long. He didn’t ride her over a trot or on steep hills either. But if he’d been riding our draft horse mix, we would have had no concerns at all.
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  6. pet_karoo Says:

    of course there is for small peole around 30-50lbs should ride a pony for people around 70-130 should ride any horse they fell comfortable on and bigger peole around140-200 should ride a draft horse and way bigger people around 200-what ever shoul lose some weight so they dont strain the horses back and theighs
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  7. jcsaint Says:

    i’ve seen some very heavy people on horses in parades.
    i imagine the horse would just have to be extra strong?
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  8. Ayla B Says:

    A few people I talk to mention the 20% rule. So if you weigh 200lbs, you should be riding a horse that weighs 1000lbs. If you weigh 150, the horse should weigh at least 750. If you weigh 250, the horse should weigh 1250. Do you understand what I’m trying to say? The rider should weigh no more than 20% of the horse’s weight.
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