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Re: [RC] (no subject) - Heidi Smith

My question is about racing her
in the 50's, it seems all the people I've met at the races seem to think I
need to try the longer races but it seems to me since I don't train, feed
special, or do electrolytes, that I need to stay in the LD's where she
not to be stressed at all.

You need not do anything "special" to complete 50's--just use good sense and
good horsemanship.  Don't try to "race" at first--you'll gradually move up
to her capability as you learn the ropes.  Sounds like you've made a good

I also constantly worry about her carrying too
much weight.  She weighs about 915 lb. and with my gear I weigh in at 220.
Any thoughts?

Piffle!  Find Susan Garlinghouse's Tevis studies (I'm sure someone can
supply the link--I'm not a good link saver, but I also know you can find
them by doing a Google search on "Tevis"), and look at some of the weights
the Tevis horses carry.  Heck, your mare isn't even packing a quarter of her
body weight, carrying you and your tack!  Several of the horses in Susan's
study were cheerfully completing Tevis carrying over 30% of their body
weight, and doing just fine.


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[RC] (no subject), LRN8554