# Readers ask: How much weight can a donkey carry on its back?

## What is the weight limit for riding a donkey?

One island in Greece is putting a limit on how much weight their donkeys can carry. Tourists wishing to take a ride on Santorini’s famed donkeys must now weigh less than 220 pounds (100 kilograms), or one-fifth of the donkey’s body weight, according to CNN and HuffPost.

## Can donkeys carry more weight than horses?

Generally speaking, a mule, or donkey, can carry more weight than a horse because of the unique muscle structure of the animal. However, an equine that is not conditioned properly will not be able to efficiently carry as much weight as one who is.

## How much weight can a mule carry on its back?

In general, a mule can be packed with dead weight of up to 20% of its body weight, or approximately 90 kg (198 lb). Although it depends on the individual animal, it has been reported that mules trained by the Army of Pakistan can carry up to 72 kilograms (159 lb) and walk 26 kilometres (16.2 mi) without resting.

## How much weight can a horse carry on its back?

A “scientific study” has concluded that a horse cannot comfortably carry more than 10 percent of its own weight.

## Do donkeys like being ridden?

Donkeys are gentle, steady creatures that may be saddled and ridden in a similar fashion to horses. The average donkey is too small to be ridden by adults, but mammoth donkeys are sufficiently large in stature to bear as much weight as a small horse could handle.

## Can donkeys carry humans?

Standard donkeys typically stand about 11 hands high (44 inches) and weigh about 500 pounds. Therefore a standard donkey could potentially carry as much as 125 pounds. A standard donkey is a good mount for a small to medium-sized woman or small man and a good pack animal for a medium to large sized load.

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## How heavy is too heavy to ride a horse?

Every horse is different and capable of carrying a different amount of weight than other horses. As a general rule, anything over 300-350 pounds is too heavy for a horse to carry safely.

## Do Donkeys kill dogs?

Donkeys and Dogs

Donkeys can quickly kill a dog. A young donkey might also be bullied by the stock or play too roughly with young animals. You do need to choose a standard-sized or larger donkey. If you have cattle to guard, definitely look for a donkey taller than them.

## Why do donkeys show their teeth?

Answer: A donkey will show their teeth for a number of reasons: *If they are angry, the ears will go flat back and they will lunge at you with teeth bared. *If they think you have something to feed them, they will be more timid in their approach and appear to nibble at you.

## Can a horse carry 300 pounds?

Though there is no set weight limit, few horses can safely carry more than 300 pounds. The weight limit can range from 210-300 pounds depending on the facility and the horses they have available. How Do You Know If You’re Too Big For a Horse? Typically, your weight should not be more than 20% of a horse’s weight.

## What is a female mule called?

The correct name for a male mule is a horse mule, but they are sometimes referred to as a John or Jack mule. The name for a female mule is a mare mule. Sometimes females are informally called molly mules. Mule colt or mule filly refers to a mule that is less than 3 years of age.

## Do mules try to mate?

Most documented cases of mules/hinnies being fertile have been in the female mule (molly/mare mule). Also, keep in mind it’s likely that more mules may be fertile, but we commonly do not attempt to breed mules. Mules and hinnies that have foaled in the past were bred to jacks (male donkeys).

## Can I ride a horse if I’m overweight?

You could be medically overweight, or even obese, by your BMI, but if your horse is big, strong and fit enough, with a saddle fitted well to you and him, and you’re fit and balanced, it’s possible you could ride him without an issue.

## Is 18 stone too heavy to ride a horse?

A well balanced rider of 18 stone still weighs 18 stone, which is way too heavy to even consider getting on a horse. I wouldn’t let anyone anywhere near a horse of any size if they were over 14 stone.

## How do I know if I am too heavy for my horse?

If your feet are dragging on the floor or hitting poles when you are jumping, you should probably consider a larger horse… It is also true that riding a smaller or narrower horse can be more unbalancing than riding a wider or larger one and the gaits of larger horses differ from those of smaller ones.