How much does the average race horse weigh?

When it comes to horses they literally come in all shapes and sizes. Among the smallest horses in world are the falabella, an Argentinian breed, which is just over two foot tall. The largest horses include the shire, Percheron and Belgian draft.


The Budweiser Clydesdale horses are known for their colossal size. King LeGear stands 20.5 hands high and weighs in at 164 stones.

However, the biggest horse in the world came from Bedfordshire, England. Sampson (also known as Mammoth) a shire horse gelding bred by Thomas Cleaver of Toddington Mills in 1850. He stood over 7-feet tall and weighed almost 240 stones.

A giant of a horse.

Race horses by comparison are a bred for speed but still big, strong horses. On average a race horse weighs half a tonne, which is 60 stones.

Most heavy horse breeds are used for their strength such as ploughing fields, drafts, or pulling logs in forestry. While racehorses are built for speed.

A shire horse which weights 150 stones can pull a total weight of over 4000 stones. While a race horse can run at a speed of over 40 miles per hour.

The world’s heaviest animals include the African elephant which is a giant 780 stones. However, this seems small fry when you consider the night of the blue whale which is the heaviest animal on the planet at almost 30,000 stones. In tonnes that’s 190.

How much do you weigh?

Are you as fast as a horse or heavy as a whale?