Horses are large animals that can vary dramatically in size depending on the breed

An “average” horse might weigh 1,000 pounds, but weights can range from less than 200 pounds for a mini horse to more than 2,000 pounds for a draft horse

It is important to know how much your horse weighs in order to accurately calculate feed rations and medications

Knowing your horse’s weight is an important component of keeping them healthy

The most accurate method is to use a cattle scale

The next best method is to estimate your horse’s weight using a weight tape or online calculator

Stop guessing and start knowing how much your horse weighs

Stop guessing and start knowing how much your horse weighs

The easiest and most accurate way to measure a horse’s weight is to use a cattle scale

After weighing your horse on a cattle scale, use the weight tape formula method (discussed below)

Notice the difference – now you can be more accurate when using a weight tape in the future

If you have a grain elevator nearby* and can hitch your horse, you can ask permission to use their truck scales

Using this method, you will pull your truck and trailer with a loaded horse and relieve the weight of the truck and trailer

The difference is the approximate weight of your horse

Remember that truck scales are generally accurate to +/- 1%

If there is build-up on the scale (such as snow or ice) it will be less accurate

*As a former grain elevator manageryou must get permission before using someone else’s scale

Please do not unload your horse in the grain elevator; this could be a safety or liability issue

How to draw a horse without scales

How to draw a horse without scales

How to draw a horse without scales

How to draw a horse without scales

Most horse owners don’t have access to a scale, especially on a regular basis

The next most accurate way to get your horse’s weight is to use a weight tape

A weight tape allows you to measure your horse and estimate its weight

Depending on the breed of your horse and the method used, it can be quite accurate

We suggest enlisting the help of a friend to make it easier to get accurate measurements

Some weight bands estimate based on heart circumference measurements alone; these are less accurate than the weight tape formula method

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The formula method requires a bit of math (or an online calculator) but is more accurate

First, you need to measure the horse’s heart circumference

To do this, measure the entire circumference of the horse; the tape should be where the saddle will enter, or about 4 inches behind the elbow point

Next, measure the length of your horse

(Heart Circumference * Heart Circumference * Length) / 330 = Approximate Weight in Lbs

Instead of dividing by 330 for a year, you would divide by 201

Instead of dividing by 330 for weaning, you would divide by 280

It is most accurate for horses weighing about 1000 lbs and about 16 hh

In general, this formula will work well for quarter horses, but it will overestimate the weight of thoroughbred horses and underestimate the weight of warmbloods

Not accurate for ponies or minis

Remember that weight bands are still estimates, but once you’ve established a baseline, they can be useful for tracking changes and understanding trends

### A short video on how to draw a horse using a weight tape:

How to estimate the weight of a horse

How to estimate the weight of a horse

Simply estimating a horse’s weight is the least accurate of the three methods discussed in this article

It would be better to use a weight tape, find a scale, or use an online horse weight calculator

Since most people do not have access to a scale large enough to weigh a horse, the most common method is to use a weight tape

With two measurements and a little math, you’ll quickly get a fairly accurate estimate

When using the “formula method” (heart circumference measurement * heart circumference measurement * horse length) in addition to the weight tape, weight tapes are generally within 5-10% of actual body weight

Simply “guessing” your horse’s weight is significantly less accurate – this method sees errors of up to 20-25%

If you don’t have access to a scale, the next best way to weigh your horse is to use a weight tape and do some math

Unfortunately, the weight tape / formula method is less accurate for ponies and less accurate for miniature horses

World Equine Veterinary Review has created a weight chart for miniature horses

This chart uses the heart circumference measurement and converts it to an estimate of body weight in kilograms

The best way to weigh your mini horse is to use a livestock scale

While there isn’t technically a specific weight tape for draft horses, the same weight tape/formula method can still be fairly accurate for a draft horse

This website offers a weight tape that claims to measure 20hh

Knowing your horse’s weight is an important component of their overall health and wellness

Invest in a weight tape, set a baseline and check it periodically

If you have access to a scale, document your horse’s measurements at that weight for more accurate weight calculations in the future

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