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[RC] Weight - rides2far@xxxxxxxx

What I believe is (generally) lighter riders tax their horses less >>during a 
ride than heavier riders.

The evidence is that if the horse is trained with a particular weight on its 
back, weight makes little or no difference. Of course it's pretty hard to 
accept that a horse carrying 250 has as good of a chance as one carrying 115, 
but when it comes to the difference between 165 and 180 I don't think it makes 
a hill of beans worth of difference so no, I do not think anybody's got to 
compromise to do well in their weight division. You have a lot more incentive 
to change your weight to avoid some extremely dominent rider/horse combination 
whether they weigh more than you or less.

As to the argument to just remove weight divisions...that would be up to the 
board. Anybody know how many board members or nominees are heavyweights? Laura 
(could be), Mike Maul, Joe Schoech... I doubt they're big on the idea. >g<


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