As your replies so far have said there is a way of working it out.
My mare is a strong girl, pulling two people on a hefty Bennington she can leave riders who ride with us behind trotting up-hill.
The thing is your pony will let you know if the weight is to much.
Thanks all, as lots of you know I bought Noodle who is still a baby, he's a section a how looking at him is a real traditional leg in each corner chunky type. I'm in the process of finding driving lessons. With the intention of him becoming a ride and drvie pony
"My treasures do not clink together or glitter; They gleam in the sun and neigh in the night." -Arabian Proverb
I'm looking to start bringing my pony on with training him to harness
He loves going out but being 12hs i struggle to find a regular rider for him
So as i've got him back and want to avoid lami in the future i decided to try my hand at driving so i can enjoy working my pony and keep him fit and active when hes not being ridden
Good luck with your driving, I am thinking about breaking my nf gelding to drive as I don't think he is going to be right for me to ride.
Was going to ask a similar question to this thread myself so glad I found it. Looks like my boy should easily pull me plus my kids so quite happy to get going with his training now x
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A horse/pony, on a flat smooth surface can pull approx their own body weight. the weight of the cart should not be making any difference as such as it is supposed to 'float' in the tugs.
They can pull more in a collar than they can on a breast plate.
A shettie weighing 200lb can therefore pull a person of average build easily.
Terrain, fitness of pony etc needs to be taken into account obviously.
Found my book on it all
A formula to work out weight in pounds:
Measure girth in inches
Measure length in inches (point of hip to point of chest)
Multiply Girth X Girth X Length, Divide by 300, Add 50
Example 70" x 70" x 65" = 318,500 / 300 = 1061.67 + 50 = 1111.67 lbs.
This formula is accurate to +/- 3%
..............A stubborn horse walks behind you, an impatient horse walks in front of you,
............................... but a noble companion walks by your side.