ridecamp@endurance.net: Re: [endurance] Endurance Saddles

Re: [endurance] Endurance Saddles

Jim Ferris (jferris@cwa.com)
Thu, 28 Sep 95 08:03:01 PDT

I just had my horse ridden in the NATRC Heavyweight division by a
Lightweight rider. I talked to Becky Hart and Judith Ogus about how
to do this (He needed about 15lbs extra weight). Judith loaned me
some of the weights that she and Becky used. There were 2 basic methods:
Lead split shot in some kind of package inserted into a length of bicycle
inner tube. This inner tube was then tied to the saddle by following the
cantle or pommel of the saddle so it was tied tightly yet evenly around
the contours of the saddle with the weight evenly distributed on each
side of the saddle. This is what we used and it worked perfectly. Never
moved during the ride. BTW, it was tied to the rings that all good
endurance saddle must have. The other method Judith used was flat sheets
of lead (up to about 10lbs) that she placed in the pockets of a jacket
she wore. I suppose you could put them on the horse in a cantle or pommel
bag, but you need to make sure they dont bounce on the horse or he could
end up bruised and sore after a long ride.
Hooe this helps.

-Jim Ferris
Morgan Hill, CA
(Displaced Aussie from Sydney)

> We are looking for a way to increase my wife's saddle weight to about 20 kg
> (45 lbs).
> My wife wants ride in the middleweight division and needs to get her weight
> to about 77 kg (170 lb) with her tack. She weighs about 55 kg (120 lb) so
> she wants to increase her tack's weight to about 20 kg (45 lb).
> We use two types of saddle, an Australian Wintec stock saddle, and a new
> McClellan saddle.
> Any suggestions gratefully received.
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> Ed Blanchard
> PO Box 469, Merredin, Western Australia, 6415
> Ph/Fax 61 90 44 1066
> Email eblancha@opennet.net.au
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