Horses have a limited weight-bearing capacity, and it depends on their size, breed, age, and strength. In general, horses can carry up to 20% of their body weight, so a 400-pound man would require a horse weighing around 2000 pounds. However, even if a horse is physically able to carry a heavy load, it may not be healthy or safe to do so.
Carrying excess weight can cause stress on a horse’s joints, muscles, and other internal organs, leading to injuries and long-term health problems. Horses may develop back pain, hoof problems, and fatigue, leading to lameness and other issues. Additionally, a heavy rider can affect a horse’s balance and stability, increasing the risk of falls and accidents.
Furthermore, some horses may be more resistant to carrying heavy loads due to their temperament and training. Riding a horse that is uncomfortable, stressed, or disobedient can be dangerous for both the rider and the horse.
While some horses may be physically capable of carrying a 400-pound man, it is not recommended for health and safety reasons. It is essential to respect a horse’s weight-bearing capacity and choose a suitable mount with the help of an experienced instructor or trainer.