Why does Your Horses Weight Matter?


You may not have considered it before, but a horse's weight matters! It's important for your horse's health and well-being. If you want to learn more about why a healthy weight is so important for horses, please read on.

Good Health

The weight of your horse is important to monitor because it can be a sign of health problems. Weight loss is good for your horse, while weight gain can lead to health issues and problems with mobility. The best way to keep your horse at a healthy weight is by feeding them a balanced diet. If you want to achieve weight loss in your horse, feed a high-quality grain product or feed them less of the same food they normally eat (this will decrease their appetite). If you want to achieve weight gain in your horse, feed a high calorie supplement like beet pulp or cottonseed hulls (this will increase their appetite).

Joint health

Joint health is an important part of a horse's overall health. Good joint health means your horse can move freely and participate in the activities he loves, like running through the fields or swimming in a lake. Poor joint health can cause pain and stiffness, which may result in your horse being less mobile than he would be otherwise.

Poor nutrition can also affect horses' joints negatively - if you feed your horse the wrong type or amount of food, his body will not be getting the nutrients it needs to stay healthy. This means that poor diet could lead to weakened joints that are more susceptible to injury. In addition, if your horse is overweight or underweight, this could have adverse effects on his ability to move around freely without pain or discomfort

Better Conditioning

  • Exercise is important for your horse's health and well-being, but what about weight?

  • If your horse is overweight, exercise can be beneficial for losing those extra pounds.

  • If your horse is underweight, exercise should be limited so that he or she doesn't become too thin.

  • Some horses may need to gain weight while others might need to lose it. By understanding how much exercise your horse needs based on his current condition, you can make sure he gets the right amount of activity at the right time!

Better Saddle Fit

While there are a lot of things to consider when you're looking for the right saddle for your horse, perhaps the most important is saddle fit. Saddle fit is as much about the saddle as it is about the horse, and can have a big impact on both your horse's health and comfort.

A good-fitting saddle will make your ride smoother, safer and more enjoyable for both you and your horse. A poorly fitting one can make riding uncomfortable or even dangerous for you or your animal—and not only that but also cause problems like rubbing, pressure points and pinching in sores that may never heal properly if left untreated.

Even if you think you know exactly what size saddle will fit your friend's back (or vice versa), take note: Saddle manufacturers use different sizing systems than those used by other athletic equipment manufacturers; this means that while they might be able to tell us whether something fits well sometimes we'll need more information than just their word on how well something fits before we buy it!


Soundness is a horse's ability to perform in all areas of riding, driving and jumping. It's more than just being able to walk or run; soundness also refers to your horse's fitness and physical condition.

In order for your horse to be considered sound, he should be able to perform in any task asked of him. This means that you should be able to ride him on the ground and over jumps at a level appropriate for his natural ability while also being able to drive him with ease in harness or pull a cart through dressage patterns at an advanced level.

Number one priority horse health

I know, I know—you're thinking, "What? Who cares what my horse looks like?" But hear me out. The number one priority for any horse owner is the health of their animal. Keeping your horse at the right weight can be one of the easiest ways to ensure that he stays healthy and happy—and it will also improve his performance in almost every discipline.

So how do you know if your horse is overweight? If you have a hard time fitting him through a standard-sized door (or even getting him in an arena stall), then he probably needs to shed some pounds. The same goes for riding—if he's struggling to carry himself over jumps and under fences, then it might be time for dieting!

On the other hand...if your horse has lost so much weight that he doesn't have enough muscle mass left under his hide anymore, then this should be treated with serious concern! It may not only affect his ability to perform well; it could also cause lameness issues down the road due to loss of strength or flexibility in certain areas like knees or hocks where there aren't many muscles present anyway."


A healthy, well-conditioned horse can be an asset in all aspects of your life. It’s important to know that weight is not a measure of the quality or worth of your horse—it’s just a piece of data. But it’s also one that you need to have and understand in order to keep your horse at their best.