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RE: RC: RE: Fwd: physiology of weight
Wonderful points, Truman. But! If weight were the only factor of
importance, then ONLY FW/LW riders would ever top ten. If the physics
around carried weight are valid, then there is no way to compensate for it -
it must be in effect for every rider and horse on every ride.
My point - there must be some other aspects of the horse/rider equation that
allow MW/HW riders to win and top ten events. I would love to find out what
From: Truman Prevatt [mailto:email@example.com]
Mike you have just answered your own question. Work required is directly
proportional to mass - that's high school physics. It takes twice the work
carry a 220 pound rider than it does a 110 pound ride. Since the conversion
chemical energy to mechanical energy (which is how the body works) is not
efficient, maybe 50%, the other portion of the energy is converted to heat.
heat has to be dissipated. So a horse carrying a 220 pound rider has to
dissipate twice the heat as a horse carrying a 110 pound ride. Here is where
Howard may have had a good point but didn't know it :-), in the humidity it
harder to dissipate heat than in arid and semi-arid climates. So the heat
dissipation related to weight differences may in fact be slightly bigger
in the East than the West, but I doubt it.
The more heat required to be dissipated the more sweat, the more
lost, the higher the stress on the metabolic system. So I would say from a
string of conclusions using no more than high school physics, there is a
significantly higher stress level on a horse carrying 220 pounds vs 110
On question, how do you compensate for the "mitigating factor" of a horse
carrying a heavier weight producing more heat in proportion of the weight
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