Pony weight limits

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  1. DoWeDance

    DoWeDance Senior Member+

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    What is the weight limit for a 13.3 hand Welsh type pony? We have one that we use for the team, and I think my coach has been putting riders on him that are a little heavy for him.
     






  2. AutumnAttic

    AutumnAttic Senior Member+

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    It would really depend on the horses health/ condition. How heavy are the riders?
     
  3. sher327

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    thats the size of my horse and I am around 120 lbs and I think thats fine for him BUT he has a nice stocky strong build and weighs around 650 lbs if that helps :)
     
  4. DoWeDance

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    Yeah, I definitely think this pony could handle 120. He is in great health. I weigh about 105 and I ride him a lot. But the heavier riders who are on him probably weigh 145. I just think that's way too heavy.
     
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  6. ejforrest

    ejforrest Senior Member+

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    Weight carrying depends on a variety of physical traits. The optimum wieght a horse can safely carry will vary according to his size, conformation, condition, age, and the duration of the work to be done, as well as the footing and the speed at which work is done.
    Different breeds seem to be more or less suited for different loading sitiuations. Donkeys and mulse are well known to carry or pull enormous wieghts relative to their size. Ponies are similar; full grown men ride and jump on little Connemara ponies in Ireland with no apparent ill conscequences. An even larger size differential can be seen in Exmoor and in the Shetland Islands, where ponies barley 11 hands high shoulder adult humans without baiting an eye.
    Weight carrying ability under saddle is very individual, depending on the animals strength, condition, willingness to please and so forth.
     
  7. Lou3

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    for a 13.3hh welshie the sky is the limit! Well not literally of course but these ponies were bred to carry full grown men weighing 180lbs plus around the welsh hills. Unless you have some seriously obese children on your team then they are not too heavy for this pony. 145lbs is fine for 99% of 13.3hh ponies, its nothing for a welshie.
    Lou
     






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