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Re: RC: Weight Training

In a message dated 4/6/99 5:48:54 AM Pacific Daylight Time, writes:

<< Can anybody tell me if there is any benefit in training with a
 heavy saddle, then on race-day using a lighter saddle?
 I am just starting with endurance riding and would like to get
 the most expert help around.

We've fooled around with weighted saddles on the treadmill. You do get 
increased heartrates (stressor) with a heavier saddle, but then there's the 
biomechanical aspect--you're putting the extra weight in a bad place. For 
resistance exercise, hills appear to be the best approach. That's the closest 
thing to weightlifting in the horse that I've been able to figure out. Hills 
are extremely effective.


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