The saddle is just awesome!

The saddle is just awesome! I’ve been riding regularly for the past couple months. The saddle is just awesome! People at the barn have commented on the drastic difference in the pony since using it–saying things like how happy she looks, good she looks. Riding is Fun again! Her movement is wonderful now. She’s able […]

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Recognizing Horses in Pain

Recognizing Horses in Pain

Recognizing Horses in Pain DVD featuring Dr. Joanna Robson Too often people don’t recognize horses in Pain. Short and choppy strides, loss of topline muscle, bulging shoulders, hollow-back – these are all symptoms of a horse in pain. “Stall Rest and Bute” is mistakenly the treatment when the underlying cause cannot be found, and joint injections don’t […]

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Good Fitting Saddle

Good Fitting Saddle Everything begins with the saddle tree. It’s the foundation for the saddle; the frame upon which everything else is built. Without a proper fitting tree, you’ll never have a good fitting saddle. Tree Fit Horse backs are like snowflakes, no two are the same. The job of the saddle tree is to distribute […]

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Saddle Fit and Fender Position

Saddle Fit and Fender Position We are all taught to make sure we ride with the correct length stirrups. Stirrups that are too long or too short could mean we can’t effectively balance and use our legs. How Does The Fender Position Affect My Leg Position? Unless the fenders are adjustable forward or back on […]

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Regular Saddle Cleaning

Regular cleaning is important to extend the life of your saddle, it should take about 30 minutes depending on the condition of your saddle. Materials: Saddle soap Bucket of warm water Nylon-bristle brush Sponge Leather  oil or wax conditioner Soft rag Saddle-Cleaning Steps: Using saddle soap, water and nylon brush, clean the saddle with just […]

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Secret Language of Sweat Marks

Who has never had a saddle fit issue is a one lucky person! When I was buying my first ever saddle in 1995 I had to trek many miles to a saddler and all I had to give him was the height and type of the horse. He was a 16.2hh high wither appendix and got […]

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Equine Back remains largely misunderstood by many riders.

By Christa Lesté-Lasserre, MA TheEquine Back remains largely misunderstood by many riders It’s where we put all our weight, where we place our favourite (and most expensive) riding gear, where we connect—directly, physically—with our mount, and where we communicate with subtle cues. But for all its importance, equine researchers say the equine back remains largely […]

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How To Sit On A Horse

Thousands of years ago, the Greek horsemaster Xenophon said that one’s position on a horse should be more like standing on the ground than sitting on a chair. Many styles have come and gone, his words have proved to be the best advice for most riding disciplines. This position is called the “balanced seat”, because […]

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What is Bridle Leather

Bridle Leather refers to the way that a piece of leather (cowhide) is finished at the tannery. Bridle leather has both the Flesh and Grain side of the leather stuffed with greases and finished with wax. This is generally a labour intensive process, thus expensive! Only the best grades of leather are treated like this, […]

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How Clean Your Felt

How Clean Your Felt Simply spray pad with water, rub soiled areas in a circular motion with fingers or a rubber curry comb and hang to dry. A gentle detergent may also be necessary. Do not lay flat on it’s back (upside down). With this reasonable care, pad will last 1500-2000 hours. 100% Wool Felt […]

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Proper Saddle Fit

When horses were the chief mode of transportation, they were bred to a somewhat uniform conformation within breeds. A saddle was a big investment and often had to last many horses. A horse that didn’t fit your saddle was usually put to work in harness. After WWII horse use began to transition from working animals […]

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