REMEDIAL SADDLE FITTING FOR THE HORSE
Horses and ponies all require a saddle that suits their particular type and breed and is comfortable for their specific condition. A correctly fitted saddle allows the full range of movement to come through, enabling them to realise their potential. Without this equines may experience back pain and be unable to perform to the optimum. They can display resistance, loss of scope or flexibility, an uneveness of gait and other performance related imbalances. These problems, in turn, can cause them to exhibit behavioural traits that make them unpleasant, difficult or even a risk to their riders and handlers.
Our belief is that correctly fitted saddles enable each horse to achieve a performance closer to its true potential, spending less time off work, behaving better and being a source of pleasure to their owners.
To achieve this we have created a course that will teach you, its participants, to recognise the symptoms of ill-fitting saddles. You will understand the physical and behavioural complications arising from this and will be able to correctly measure a horse for its saddle and fit this accurately.
Measuring the wither is only of value if this is done in the correct place
You will better understand saddle design and construction, enabling you to properly advise the saddler of the specific needs of horse and client.
Recording the wither template will give the saddler a guide to the tree on which the saddle will be built but he will need more information regarding the potential for muscle development following rehabilitation or treatment. Knowing what this entails is part of the professional skills you will learn.
Equally you will become aware of how a horse with asymmetric muscle development, due to musculo-skeletal problems, will require remedial treatment. As its body re-balances itself, during rehabilitation, you will understand how to change the saddle fitting to accommodate the horse’s compensations and its improving symmetry. You will be able to work with vets and therapists to help restore traumatised muscle. We confidently expect you to become a resource that horse owners and riders, saddlers and other equestrian professionals will come to rely on.
For the first time we have combined the skills of different specialists to produce professionals who can provide an interface between the client and the saddler. You will have a breadth of understanding that will augment the skills of the trainer, veterinary surgeon, farrier, dentist, chiropracter, physiotherapist, osteopath and allied soft tissue therapists. Our intention is to put the horse first and, in making life better for it, we believe that horsemen and women will get more enjoyment and success from their sport.
Assessing a saddle for symmetry. Saddles can become twisted or broken through accidents or usage - or sometimes through poor manufacture. To confirm this a saddler would have to take it apart for examination and repair. The Remedial Saddle Fitter needs to know when this is appropriate.
All correspondence to horse1st remedial saddle fitting, 33 Croft Lane, Temple Grafton, Alcester, Warwickshire, B49 6PA.
Telephone (+44) 01789 772413