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.
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.
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.
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.