Does the Tree Fit the Shape of My Horse’s Back?

Dr Kerry Ridgway Take time to educate yourself because an ill-fitted tree will cause permanent, long-term damage to your horse. And there are no pads, shims, adjusting, nor gadgets that will make it right if it is the wrong shaped tree for that horse! The saddle tree is indeed the primary element to consider in […]

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Saddle Fit Myths

Being knowledgeable about tack is part of our journey as a horseman. Yet when it comes to saddle fit, confusion and misinformation abound, Horses’ backs are complex shapes and a lot of factors need to come together to achieve a good fit.  Horses can’t talk so it’s up to our observations to evaluate saddle fit. This […]

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Riders are saddling their horses with problems

A British study has raised the possibility riders are saddling their horses with problems, many may not be sitting well in the saddle, with the potential to cause problems for their mount. The Animal Health Trust pilot study set out to investigate some basic aspects of rider position and saddle fit. Side-on photographs of 34 randomly […]

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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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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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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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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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Low Heel / High Heel Syndrome

Low Heel / High Heel Syndrome Dr. Kerry Ridgway Introduction The commonly observed condition where the heel of one front foot is higher than the other has ramifications that extend well beyond the effects on the foot itself. This condition is also observed in the hind feet, though less frequently. However, because of limitations and […]

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Understanding Saddle Fit, Part IV: Confounding Variables

Understanding Saddle Fit, Part IV: Confounding Variables Dr. Joyce Harman of Harmany Equine Clinic presents a four-part series on saddle fitting. Correct saddle fitting is as important to the equine athlete as correct shoe fitting is to the human athlete. The present design of saddles has been primarily for the comfort of the rider; riders […]

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