How Much Does a Quarter Horse Weigh?

How much does a quarter weigh? The Quarter Horse is a staple horse breed in the Americas, used for nearly anything you could imagine.  Quarter Horses are most commonly thought of as western horses, used for trail riding and rodeo sports. 


Saddle Horse Weights

The average saddle horse or riding horse weighs about 1,000-1,200 pounds, with 1200 being on the heavier side.  Breeds that fit into this average include Thoroughbreds, warmbloods, Arabians, and gaited horses.

Quarter Horse Weights

It vary from about 1,100 to 1,300, but compared to the average riding horse weight range of 1,000 to 1,200, the Quarter Horse still comes out on top.

Quarter Horse Anatomy

They aren’t exceptionally tall- Quarter Horses do not traditionally exceed 15.3 hands.  So, their weight must come from somewhere besides their height. That leaves their width, which is a contributing factor.

Benefits of the Quarter Horse Build

Most Quarter Horse breeders today are producing horses for western disciplines such as western pleasure, cutting, reining, and rodeo events.


They can be taller than the average, and they can also be shorter than the average.  There are even “Quarter Ponies.” While not an official breed, Quarter Ponies are essentially Quarter horses that did not quite hit the 14.2 hand mark.

The average weight of Quarter Horses is slightly more than that of a normal horse, but these characteristics aid them in being more effective at their jobs and more equipped to do them easily.


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