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Poor person saddle fit

Wet your horse’s back and saddle area with water before riding. Saddle your horse without using any pads. Ride through your normal paces (e.g., walk,

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Saddle Fit

The Healthy-Backed Horse

Most horses have 18 thoracic vertebrae—the bones we’re essentially sitting on when we’re riding. They’re also the bones from which the ribs flare. Five vertebrae make up the sacrum area, and these are usually fused together. Between these two spinal sections is the lumbar area, with numbers of vertebrae varying from one horse to another.

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