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Yes, the AERC makes the assumption that riders are honest

Alas, Bob, "tack" is a broad term.  It is left to the rider not to
jettison parts of it at the first vet check--or pick up more at the 
last vet check to "make weight" at the finish line.

Well, I'll admit I've always weighed in with full bottles. I leave every
vet check with 2 full  bottles and drink some (which remains on the
horse's back in my stomach) and pour most on my horse within the last 1/2
mile or so as I come in. Never thought a thing about it until they didn't
let us weigh them in FEI. Then recently heard a HW complain "Who knows
what they have in those bottles...could be sand or rocks". At one ride I
mixed a waterbottle rull of electrolytes & applesauce so I could dose 2
horses often on long loops and was amazed how heavy the bottle was so saw
where he was coming from. I sure won't try to weigh in with water if it's
considered dishonest or deceptive, certainly never had anybody in
authority hint it was wrong. Like I said, I was nowhere near the line,
and I do carry more water than some. Just make up your mind what's
considered right and let us know.


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