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[RC] Adding weight - Steve Shaw

Three years of studying and experimenting with adding weight to meet FEI criteria for Tallymark found two things:
the best place to add weight seemed to be in the girth area (a horse carrying a foal does not carry the weight on her back) and about two to three pounds showed up during the ride and at the end due to sweat on the tack.
Also the rider chugging a quart of water before weighing helped some!!

Now decreasing weight is something that I have always had to consider...
Getting off the horse works really well: if the horse is walking we can too and before my knee problems I used to try and get off the horse during the steep downhills and always tail up the steep uphills. I once figured out that by getting off the horse for 20% of the time (little bits here and there) I was actually equivalent to a 110 lb. rider.
That DID make a difference since my horse was trained carrying the full weight.
I recall a few movies showing how the military would walk with their horses to "save" them as they were enduring a long ride.
Steve Shaw


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