ridecamp@endurance.net: Making weight requirements

Making weight requirements

Flemmer, Linda (LFlemmer@CHKD.com)
Tue, 1 Apr 1997 16:35:11 -0500

Karen wrote:

Just wondering, what is the best way to carry weight? Any ideas? What
>do some of you do that carry weight

Look for "dynamic" weight - weight that moves w/ you & horse. Static
weights (weight in pockets of a saddle pad) is "dead weight" - a little
more cumbersome to carry around. Clothing, bridle, saddle, pads,
helmets can all add weight.

I have sold a number of gel saddle pads (7-9 lbs) to folks trying to
make a minimum weight or to increase their weight for training - not
just for improving a marginal saddle fit. If you go that route, be sure
that they are a <breathable> material encasing gel (like ours @ Blue
Wolf), not a plastic sleeve around liquid gel.

Somebody more knowledgeable about FEI requirements will have to answer
this - but I believe that if you use water bottles to make weight at an
FEI ride, they must be sealed an carried for weight only. (ie you can't
drink from them!)

I've found that the camelbak water pak is a great way to drink and it
would add another bit of water weight for training without taking up
space in the cantle/pommel bags.

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