The Science Of Saddle Fit

The Science Of Saddle Fit By Lisa Kemp Proper saddle fit can maximize your horse’s comfort and performance. The science of saddle fit can either encourage comfortable movement and clear communication between rider and horse, or it can result in discomfort and behavioral problems. Evaluating a saddle’s fit requires an understanding of saddle construction, the […]

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Magnesium: The Mineral Superhero

Magnesium: The Mineral Superhero Very few people are aware of the enormous role magnesium plays in a horse’s body. After oxygen, water, and basic food, magnesium may be the most important element needed to maintain health. It is vitally important, yet hardly known.   Magnesium the Mineral Superhero is by far the most important mineral, regulating over 325 […]

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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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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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Optimal saddle fit is the key to equine performance.

Dr Kerry Ridgway made key observations in the relation of the heel height asymmetry to optimal saddle fit. These video convey some key points to consider when evaluating saddle fit in horses with a heel height asymmetry. The larger shoulder tends to exhibit some degree of muscle enlargement while the opposing shoulder appears smaller with […]

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