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Re: [RC] does weight really matter? - rides2far@xxxxxxxx

Here?s how I look at it.  My husband and I condition together and compete 
together.  He weighs 80 pounds more than I do.  His horse is conditioned to 
carry his weight Now unless we suddenly switched horses, I don?t think 
either of us has an advantage.  I don?t notice his horse more tired after a 
ride than mine.
Maybe Susan G could do another weight study (or maybe sufficient data >>>>is 
already available?) 

There *was* a study done in Australia. What they found was that when horses 
became accustomed to carrying a heavier weight the pulses eventually evened out 
and the horses carrying more weight had around the same pulses as the ones 
carrying lighter riders. The only advantage they found was when the horse 
trained with a HW and then switched to a LW for competition. Then the pulse ran 
lower. So...can you get your husband to train your horse for you?


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