Let's take a look at this page for example. It's clear as to the proper setup of them on a dressage show horse. These are meant for schooling phases - usually when your horse is out on a cross-ride. Standard 26 is what this burden is, with the way the horse is setup. These are usually the highest level of schooling weights (for dressage) - although they are not the most valuable of the ring-topper. So when you weight them, it is with extra pressure on the horse.
In the ring, the divisions will usually be divided into two groups: "Studio-level" and "Competition-level". When you are at "Studio" your goal will be to pay attention and figure out how the ring works and your horses needs. Your goal is to be a good teacher of dressage by the time you go to the "Comp" level and earn competition awards. At "Comp" your goal is to figure out what your horses need and how to please the judges. You are also getting used to the pressure of wearing a higher weight. As the level rises, weight requirements increase.
The level also dictates what you ride. I am not a big fan of stage-topper classes, but that was the way it was laid out at my lesson. You have to be sharp to not get stuck on the first set of movements, perhaps because you are too relaxed or are getting nervous. When you do, the judge will mark the test down and reject your competition. Weighing points.
At the end of your test, you will be given a score out of 10 per every movement your horse executed. The judge will also mark a set of scales for each of the 10. If your test was still in its infancy - say at the "Studio" level - then the first set of scales may have been labelled from 1 to 20. 10 being excellent and 1 being catastrophic. Over time, the scales increase. d2c66b5586