Figuring out your horses weight

Want to know what your horse weighs?

One of the best ways to keep your horse healthy into his golden years is to keep him exercised and at a trim weight.  To measure his weight, get a flexible tape that is about 120 inches long.  (Many quilting stores have long tapes.)  Follow these three steps to get his approximate weight:

  1. Use the tape to measure his girth circumference.  Measure around his middle from his withers to just behind his elbow and back to his withers.  Write the number down.
  2. Use the tape to measure his length from the point of his shoulder to the point of his buttocks.  Write that number down.
  3. Calculate the body weight:  girth x girth x length / 330 = weight (lb)

About A Cain

I am originally from New York State and moved to Pennsylvania for college and graduate school. My husband and I later lived in California and West Virginia, and then we were transferred to North Carolina. I learned to ride as an adult, in North Carolina. I have two horses now: one wild-and-wooly teenager who is learning from me, and one former race horse that has turned into a school master for me. They are both pretty sensible and great on trails, so we go everywhere. They live with me on my own North Carolina mini farm. I love to sit on my deck in the evening and watch them graze.
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