No plans to impose a weight limit at the Common-Riding

HAWICK Common-Riding has no need to follow in the hoofprints of Musselburgh, where a weight limit has been slapped on festival principals after concerns over horse welfare.

That was the message from Common-Riding Committee chairman Stuart Marshall this week, after Musselburgh Honest Toun chiefs – whose Honest Lad and Lass ride around the town – announced a 16-stone weight limit for candidates. “This is not an issue here,” Mr Marshall stated. “The onus is on the rider and the hirers to see that people are suitable. I have never heard of any problems; the hirers are very well respected by the people that hire their horses from them, and I am always impressed by the many horse owners in the area and how devoted they are to their animals.”

It has been clearly stated that there is no suggestion that Musselburgh’s 2013 principals harmed their mounts.