How to Tell if Your Saddle Hurts Your Horse

How to Tell if Your Saddle Hurts Your Horse By Erica Larson Ensure there’s consistent contact between the panel and the back. Uneven contact could result in pressure points. In recent years, researchers have conducted several studies that make one thing crystal clear: A properly fitting saddle is key to keeping any ridden horse healthy […]

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Researcher Shares Tips for Improving Ridden Horses’ Welfare

Researcher Shares Tips for Improving Ridden Horses’ Welfare By Christa Lesté-Lasserre, MA   Being attentive to horses’ behavior and postures can help improve both the horse’s welfare and the human’s safety. With all we’re learning about rider’s effects on horse health, we might begin to wonder if it’s even ethical to ride at all. But […]

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5 Ways Your Seat Can Screw Up Your Horse

5 Ways Your Seat Can Screw Up Your Horse Something that saddle fitters know but that’s often the last thing riders think of: it’s their riding position as much as the saddle fit that’s affecting their horse’s back and movement. In this Guest Post, ‘Classical Seat’ trainer Heather Moffett looks at how the rider’s seat can […]

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Adjust an Easy Fit Saddle for the Rider

Easy Fit saddles can be personally adjusted to you the rider. First, remove the screws on the front of the saddle jockeys so you can lift up the saddle seat to access the adjustable shims and fender/stirrup straps. If your saddle seat length is short you may have to remove the screws on the back […]

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Equine Lameness Diagnosis

Observation, Science, and Equine Lameness Diagnosis By Equine Disease Quarterly Scientific findings suggest vets can glean important information by evaluating horses with performance problems both in hand, on the longe, and under saddle. A significant number of pain-related gait abnormalities in horses are evident only when the horse is ridden, and are not apparent when […]

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Horses, saddles and riders: the saddle fitter as educator

Horses, saddles, and riders: the saddle fitter as educator Equestrian Trade News.  Anne Bondi, October 2016. Today, considerably fewer people grow up with the horse as part of their daily lives and many of today’s horse owners do not have a family tradition of handed-down wisdom. This lack of natural horsemanship training has led to an […]

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New Mexico State University Study

New Mexico State University Study of Western Saddle Fit issues. New Mexico State University Study revealed Ill-fitting saddles can cause training and behavior problems as well as unsoundness in the horse’s back. While many riders are aware of the importance of saddle fit, no scientific evaluation of western saddle fit had been published until recently. […]

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Don’t Forget the Feet!

Don’t Forget the Feet! Equine conformation and more particularly pathology of the feet affect greatly the way the saddle is going to sit on the horse. The asymmetry in feet is noted in the vast majority of horses. Nearly 80% of horses will have a lower heel on the left front hoof, which will generally […]

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Properly fitted saddle has made a big difference

Canadian Junior competes at the Western Dressage World Show in Oklahoma Maverick is very sensitive and my first Western show saddle didn’t fit. We now have an Easyfit saddle which fits him way better and gives him better movement and more lift. In Level 1 we do leg yields and lengthenings in the jog. He […]

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Great Fit, Great Ride. Absolutely Love it!

Great Fit, Great Ride. Absolutely Love it! Walter Mantler Symphony Saddle & Tack Shop Liberachi SS (5 time World and Reserve Western Dressage Champ) sporting his New Easy Fit Saddle. Great fit and great movement! Available for a test ride at Symphony Stables – Tack Shop. Great Fit, Great Ride, Absolutely Love it!

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Body Position for Western Horseback Riding

Body Position for Western Horseback Riding AQHA Professional Horseman Brent Tincher describes appropriate body positioning that is practical in the western world. By Holly Wilson, fall 2016 AQHA communications and digital marketing intern | November 28, 2016 A functional body position can help you stay functional in the saddle all day long. Functional body positioning […]

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Manifestations of laterality or crooked horse syndrome

Manifestations of laterality or crooked horse syndrome Dr. Kerry Ridgway  Dr. Kerry Ridgway had, in the last three years, been working both as a veterinary clinician and as an educator, regarding laterality expressed as the“crooked horse syndrome.” Through client and horseman education, it was his goal to prevent and avoid so very many of the musculo-skeletal problems that […]

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