Assessing Saddle Fit in Sport Horses

By Erica Larson Your horse’s diminished performance has you worried. He’s not lame, he’s not injured, but something’s just not right. After watching you ride, a friend recommends you evaluate the fit of your horse’s saddle—maybe it’s not comfortable for him. Great idea, you think, but where do I start? Don’t worry. We’ve got you […]

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Exercise’s Effects on Horses’ Back Dimensions and Saddle Fit

Exercise’s Effects on Horses’ Backs: Dimensions and Saddle Fit By Alexandra Beckstett, The Horse Managing Editor  If you’re a runner, you’ve probably noticed that after a 45-minute jog your calf muscles seem a bit swollen or enlarged. They are responding to post-training fluid shifts, fiber hypertrophy (thickening), and the general strain of exercise. Horses’ muscles, […]

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Recognizing Horses in Pain

Signs That Your Saddle Doesn’t Fit Your Horse

Signs That Your Saddle Doesn’t Fit Your Horse By Alexandra Beckstett, The Horse Managing Editor   A horse that goes around with his head up, ears pinned, and tail swishing could be indicating discomfort or displeasure for any number of reasons. One that’s commonly overlooked, however, is poor saddle fit. When professional saddlers evaluate a […]

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Skin Issues That Affect Saddle Fit

Skin Issues That Affect Saddle Fit ALEXANDRA BECKSTETT, THE HORSE MANAGING EDITOR Sores, injuries, and infections are all skin issues that affect saddle fit involving a horse’s back, withers, and/or girth area can make saddling and riding a painful process for your horse. But do you know how to recognize such issues before you tack […]

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Proper Saddle Fit

By Les Sellnow Wearing boots or shoes that don’t fit properly can be both uncomfortable and painful. So much so, in fact, that few of us will tolerate the condition. Instead, we quickly will locate or purchase footwear that is comfortable. The good news is that as articulate humans with, generally speaking, enough disposable income […]

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Exercise’s effects Horse’s’ Back and Saddle Fit

By Alexandra Beckstett, The Horse Managing Editor

Exercise’s Effects on Horses’ Back Dimensions and Saddle Fit

If you’re a runner, you’ve probably noticed that after a 45-minute jog your calf muscles seem a bit swollen or enlarged. They are responding to post-training fluid shifts, fiber hypertrophy (thickening), and the general strain of exercise. Horses’ muscles, particularly along the back, respond to exercise in the same way. Have you ever thought about what effect this might have on your saddle’s fit as your horse works?

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Seven Common Saddle Faults

 Seven Common Saddle Faults By Alexandra Beckstett, A poorly designed or damaged saddle affects not only your riding but also your horse’s comfort. In fact, he’s probably going to feel any asymmetries and defects long before you do. During the 2015 Society of Master Saddlers Introduction to Saddle Fitting Course, held May 1-2 in Hagerstown, […]

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