Do you buy a saddle to fit the horse or the rider?
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Do you buy a saddle to fit the horse or the rider?

Do you buy a saddle to fit the horse or the rider? Sue Dyson & Line Greve Although horses are becoming increasingly valuable, there has been little objective investigation addressing the horse-saddle-rider interaction, particularly the potential consequences of a saddle not fitting the horse or rider not fitting the horse, or the saddle not allowing…

How much does the horse’s back shape change over time?
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How much does the horse’s back shape change over time?

How much does the horse’s back shape change over time? Sue Dyson and Line Greve Correct saddle-fit is important for optimal function of the equine back. A saddle that does not fit the horse may impair the structural development of the back and cause pain and muscle atrophy. There are a number of factors that…

Does exercise change the shape of your horse’s back?
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Does exercise change the shape of your horse’s back?

Sue Dyson & Line Greve Recommendations concerning saddle-fit are empirical and based on anecdotal information. We know that the saddle needs to fit the horse in motion, but there has been no investigation of whether the thoracolumbar region changes in shape in association with exercise or how improper saddle-fit may influence potential changes. The aims…

Western Saddle Slipping Sideways
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Western Saddle Slipping Sideways

Western Saddle Slipping Sideways Sue Dyson & Line Greve Is your saddle persistently slipping to one side? The tendency for a saddle to persistently slip to one side is a well-recognized problem in horses. It can occur for a variety of reasons, including asymmetry in the shape of the horse’s back, riders sitting crookedly and ill-fitting…

Kissing Spines in Horses: More Than Back Pain
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Kissing Spines in Horses: More Than Back Pain

Kissing Spines in Horses: More Than Back Pain Find out how veterinarians diagnose and treat this complex condition. Dr Jackie Hill If you’ve ever managed a horse with back pain, then you’ve probably heard the term kissing spines floated around. But what exactly are kissing spines, and what does it mean if your horse is…

Does the Tree Fit the Shape of My Horse’s Back?
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Does the Tree Fit the Shape of My Horse’s Back?

Does the Tree Fit the Shape of My Horse’s Back? Dr. Kerry Ridgeway Take time to educate yourself because an ill-fitted tree will cause permanent, long-term damage to your horse. And there are no pads, shims, adjusting, nor gadgets that will make it right if it is the wrong shaped tree for that horse! The…