Our regular monthly blog called the “Saddle Stitch” may include anecdotal experiences of working with clients all over North America at all levels and dealing with all sorts of saddle fit and behavioural issues resulting from poor saddle fit. Additional contributions may include: Ambassador Rider Highlights; certified saddle fitter profiles; rider testimonials; and educational courses that have recently been held.
May 24th, 2015
I recently came across a client who had an issue that seems not uncommon. Rider balance is a hot topic nowadays, and often when you look at pictures of riders from behind, they are not sitting quite straight (not even top riders!) When I had the saddle on the horse, the tree fit, the panels were level (this particular saddle had Flair panels filled with air), the ride...
May 19th, 2015
‘Tis the season’ for girth itch and girth galls
Girth itch – a nasty little infection similar to ringworm that occurs typically this time of year – hot, sweaty, humid… It typically affects younger horses or those who are immuno-suppressed, can be spread by dirty tack or using brushes on multiple horses. It’s a pain… Starts as dandruff l...
May 17th, 2015
Anatomy in general is a crucial factor in saddle fit, as is gender. Men generally have it much easier when trying to find a saddle that fits, because saddles have been traditionally built by men, for men. While women may have an inherent conformational disadvantage, with exercises and muscular development (and a saddle which takes their anatomy into consideration) th...
May 10th, 2015
Cranial Nerve 11 (CN11)
While this may seem like a rather dry conclusion to the little series on “Horses Behaving Poorly” it actually explains a lot.
Over 50 million years of equine evolution have seen the stallion biting its opponents in the wither area to determine dominance and literally bring rivals ‘to their knees’. Stallions will also bite mares in t...
May 4th, 2015
Horse rearing possibly due to uncomfortable and maybe even painful saddle fit.
There have been a proliferation of articles appearing over the past year in all sorts of publications discussing “how to slow down the rushing horse”; “how to ride the stumble out of your horse”; “how to make your horse go forward”; how to how to how to. All of these negative and unwanted ...