How Much Weight Can A Pony Carry?

Since the domestication of the horse, equestrians have debated how much weight their horse or pony can safely carry. 

A pony can typically carry between 10-20% of its body weight. This depends on a variety of factors including the ponies soundness, level of fitness and the amount of work required.

How Much Weight Can a Pony Carry? It’s Math!

Following the 20% rule, this means that a pony can generally carry a person (including tack) who weighs between 80 and 160 pounds. This is why ponies are usually ridden by children, or smaller adults. An exceptionally tall and stocky pony that weighs 1,000 pounds or more could probably handle a 200-pound load, but most ponies fall below this threshold.

The Science of Weight

Scientific studies have shown that added weight puts stress not only on a pony’s back, but on the rest of his joints as well. The heavier the load, the higher the stress – and the higher the likelihood of injury