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We are proud to announce the establishment of a regular weekly blog for our new website. The contributions to the weekly blog will include anecdotal experiences of working with clients all over North America at all levels and dealing with all sorts of saddle fit and behavioral issues resulting from poor saddle fit. Perhaps the reader will recognize one or the other challenges they are facing in their own riding lives and learn about a new way of looking at things.

Saddles and the Luxury Market

December 12th, 2017

Well, another year has almost passed and as we approach 2018, our thoughts turn to how we will grow and improve upon our business model in the New Year. Times are changing rapidly. Consumers are becoming more particular and Millennials are raising the bar in the Luxury Market. What has worked in the past does not guarantee a similar outcome anymore. And since we, here...

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Saddle Fit: An Inconvenient Truth?

November 13th, 2017

Photo by Tamara courtesy of Christiane Noelting Dressage Centre, CA. As horse owners we choose to bring these amazing creatures into our lives with the intention of fulfilling a dream. That dream we all seem to want to fulfill is one of legends that is ages old. We have written poems, songs, and depicted their beauty and majesty in art for hundreds, if not thousands o...

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Saddle Fit and Classical Training

November 7th, 2017

Tina Irwin & ‘Fancy That’ – Photo by Dieter Busse. Horses that are ridden properly (not on the forehand) will greatly reduce the potential for long-term damage – with a soft hand, a soft seat, a soft mouth, and a soft back – yet absolutely uphill, straight, and through the poll without any pulling or kicking. Although of course it shouldn’t...

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Standardization of Saddle Fitting Criteria

October 3rd, 2017

I want to refer to a recent paper appearing in the Journal of Equine Veterinary Science, which was written by a group of non-scientists who were involved in a study to look at the repeatability of SMS (Society of Master Saddlers) qualified saddle fitters’ observations during static saddle fit.[1] What this means basically, is how much agreement was there between alleg...

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Fitting a Bridle Properly - Part II

August 22nd, 2017

It’s all in your head… or your horse’s head! Continuing on from last week with The Neck Scientists have determined that there needs to be at least ½” room between the incisors where the bit is laid (so that a carrot could fit), to allow the horse to comfortably chew while bridled. There are two acupuncture points located in the headpiece area, which influence neck fle...

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Hello Jochen, Just wanted to let you know that Damon has improved a lot since using the Obrigado saddle and it hasn't even been two weeks. The bumps along his spine on the left side are almost gone and he is cantering much more comfortably. But the biggest change that I notice is in the muscles just behind the saddle, they are actually loose and moving with each step, which has not been the case in other saddles. I am very encouraged by these changes in such a short time and wanted to say thank you. At the January Wellington Show, we won both of his classes with his high score being 80.8% - we received our highest marks ever at the canter, 8.5. We are looking forward to the rest of the show season and hope to see you further down the trail! Thanks again, we will keep you posted.

— Nancy Smith - Wellington, FL

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